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Why Women Cheat
6 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Sep 4, 2021
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.0

Wattpad story as a film...

I honestly don't know what I was expecting from the synopsis given. I saw the trailer on iqiyi and thought it was going to be a steamy romantic love-hate relationship film and it simply didn't deliver. There were a lot of directional and script-writing decisions that were terrible and I felt bad for the cast to have to act them out. I have no idea if the main actors themselves are bad or if the script being bad made them seem terrible. The major issue is that the hate in love-hate is so overdone and aggressive that the female lead looks so dumb for still loving him. This is worsened by the fact that it's framed as sexy. It was not at all and I also blame the director for this. The director decided at some point that in every scene the male lead must corner, grab, and be five centimeters from the female lead's face in order for the scene to be interesting. However, when there's no sexual tension/chemistry between the leads and it's obvious they aren't going to kiss it's pointless and weird to do it so often. It is obviously done to make up for the lack of quality of the script and to keep viewers watching. I could go on and on which my issues with the plot but I think this is enough for anyone interested to get the jist. I wouldn't recommend this film, even if you're just looking for a quick something to watch. It was not good.

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Homeroom
5 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Jun 17, 2021
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.0

Pure insanity start to finish!

Reading the plot I started this with low expectations on how they would frame the concept. But I was surprised by the insane direction the story went. It went there in every way and pulled it off well. From start to finish I liked the dark often comedic situations the characters went through. The actors were amazing and really made their characters interesting. Kudos especially to the male lead who played his part so well it creeped me out more and more as the episodes progressed. There is also an art element to this show that I liked a lot as well. To someone not used to jdramas I don't recommend this drama or if you're looking for a romance don't watch it either. But if you're looking for something unexpected and a dark comedy this is perfect for you!

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Forever and Ever
6 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Nov 5, 2021
30 of 30 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0

A sequel done right

After finishing One and Only I was weary to watch this sequel because sequel dramas rarely hold up to the first. This however was amazing. The actors and cast did an amazing job of connecting elements from the first series but also making a show with it's own charm that can stand on it's own. It was beautifully filmed and the cast all have great chemistry together. I never wanted to skip through or felt like it was too long. I highly recommend this drama to anyone regardless if you've seen the previous series. It's just amazing.
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Second Time Is a Charm
3 people found this review helpful
by raquel
May 25, 2021
57 of 57 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 5.0

Cute but not great!

I liked this drama a lot! It was sweet and I liked the cast. But the plot was kind of repetitive and by the end I wanted it to be over. The main female characters motivations and action were unrealistic to a annoying degree. I wanted to like them but it took a while for me to do so. The main "villian" woman was so exhausting to watch and frustrated me. There also often felt like there were not high stakes for which she was doing these evil things for. She had no growth or made any smart moves, just doing the same annoying things. The main lead woman was very annoying at first which got better as her character developed but it also almost made me give up watching.

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The Sword and the Brocade
2 people found this review helpful
by raquel
May 21, 2021
45 of 45 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Beautiful!

I binge watched watched this and have to say I loved so many things about this drama. The biggest being the main character Shi Yi, who is reasonable and smart. The male lead also is very smart and able to talk to things. Their relationship is very sweet and I love them together. The story had a lot of twists and developments but unlike some dramas I didn't feel like any subplot dragged on for too long. The villain's weren't one-dimensional and their motivations seemed real. They weren't evil for the sake of being evil.
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One and Only
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Oct 16, 2021
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Beautiful in every way

I started this drama after hearing it had a sequel series already completed for it right after. I was intrigued so I planned to watch one episode and got so invested I watched 5 before I knew it. Its a beautiful drama. The cast, the cinematography, the directing... everything is great. And to top it for the story is amazing. The characters feel real and their motivations and the world they live in feel like they have actual stakes. The main leads have great chemistry and are good actors. The supporting cast does well too. The reason this is not a 10 is because the side relationships needed work. To have some couples have amazing chemistry and others fall flat was a loss for me. There are certain scenes with side characters I skipped and missed nothing critical to the plot. But overall I loved this drama and I recommend it to those who love romance filled political historical dramas.

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Uchi no Musume wa, Kareshi ga Dekinai!!
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Aug 27, 2021
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

Amazing story and characters

I've never given a drama a 10 before but this one deserved it. I cried and laughed and felt so scene watching this. The show's title makes it seem as though it will just be a light mother-daughter comedy but it's so much more than that. It explores what love is, both romantic and familial and the different struggles women of different ages go through. The story was so good and unpredictable. I didn't guess many of the plot points coming. Both the main and minor characters were interesting and complex which I really loved. They felt so real! I really recommend this drama, I know I will come back to rewatch this soon!

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A Girl Like Me
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Aug 27, 2021
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.5

Had the tools but didn't deliver...

I cannot say I actively disliked this drama. I had a lot of elements I liked which I will discuss first. The main and side characters were all very likable or interesting in some way. Even the villains I felt were written well and not over the top. The female lead was such an amazing character and a badass but still had a soft feminine side. The leads had good chemistry I loved them together and it was easy to root for them throughout the series. This is where my praise ends and criticisms begin. The overarching plot was okay but the step necessary to get to A to B dragged on and felt repetitive. The writers made the leads make the same mistakes over and over and never learn or grow from them. How many times can you use miscommunication as a plot device? I was so frustrated because I really liked the first half of this drama but struggled to get to the end. The dreams part mentioned in the synopsis is underused and not done well. The explanation also was weak. I feel like the writers threw it in here and there to make more unnecessary problems for the leads that weren't even important to the plot. I don't really recommend this drama to anyone who values character development or leads who can communicate with each other well.

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My Fated Boy
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Aug 23, 2021
29 of 29 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Beautiful and Real

I liked this drama a lot! My expectations weren't that high, I thought it was just going to be another noona romance (which I like but are done a lot) but this drama surprised me. The writers took the time to build a good relationship between the main leads and develop a cute and interesting backstory for them. The problems in the characters and in their relationship are discussed and fixed maturely. Sometimes noona dramas have the flaw of making the male lead too childish/immature but this one found the perfect balance. The side characters were also very interesting, sometimes I dislike added side character scenes because they feel irrelevant to the plot but in this drama, I never skipped them. The writers and cast were able to make me care about them as well. The length is perfect as it does not drag out which makes it great for rewatching! I highly recommend this drama if you like character-driven plots and realistic couple dynamics.

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Mad for Each Other
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Jul 18, 2021
13 of 13 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Unlikely Love Story

This drama surprised me in the best way possible and I loved it. When you start the series you have an idea that it will just be a silly show that makes a comedy out the illnesses of the main lead but it does a wonderful and sincere job of explaining the characters and how they grow and get better. The whole cast did an amazing job on the comedic aspects but also the more serious scenes. The characters are great as well even the side characters. I especially loved the main leads. Their romance was so soft and wonderful to watch. It had a quirky and awkward charm that made it feel real. This drama is very underrated and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. It's a quick watch and every easy to binge in one night.

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My Heroic Husband
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Jul 18, 2021
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Intriguing and fun watch!

I didn't know what to expect starting this drama but it was a fun ride! Usually I prefer romance over plot but the storylines of this drama were so good it kept me interested the entire time. The main characters are three dimensional and have realistic motivations and actions that don't feel just for plot sake. Ning Yi (the main character) was such a good lead and acted very well. I think the whole cast did amazing. The romance and chemistry between the main couple is very good as well and feels natural to them. This drama made me laugh and tear up and was just a great watch overall.

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Lost Romance
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Jul 6, 2021
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Beautiful and Hilarious Twist on Tropes

I didn't have too high hopes for this drama but I absolutely loved it. If you like drama's that throw tropes on their head and acknowledge clichés you love this one. The story was simple but I loved it a lot. Both the drama and comedic parts of the plot I enjoyed. I thought I knew where the plot was going and was proven wrong quite a few times which I like. The writing was self aware but also allowed the romance to have the trope-y things viewers love. The cast is amazing! I hadn't heard of the main actors before but they did very well and I will keep my eye out for them from now on. The couple had great chemistry and made it easy to ship them. The minor characters were also good and put a lot of care into their performances. This is a good show for veteran drama watchers looking for something funny and heartwarming to watch.

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Kono Otoko wa Jinsei Saidai no Ayamachidesu
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Jun 2, 2021
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

Funny and Charming!

This drama was incredibly funny with loveable characters. I read the summary and was shocked but knowing how jdramas can pull off insane plots I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did because I really liked it. The plot was really fun and the actors when for it with all their might. I loved the chemistry between the main leads and their dynamic. It is very rewatchable because it is just a simple romcom format that will be fun to comeback to in the future. The only cons to this drama is the ending. It was very open ended which I hope means a season two, though it will still be satisfying without one.

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Wonderful Fate
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Aug 30, 2021
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Disappointing but cute

I liked the synopsis of this story so I came into it open minded but finished it feeling uninspired. There are three major things that didn't work in this drama: the casting, the plot, and the tone. The casting was not done well in my opinion because I felt no real chemistry or attraction between the main leads or even the second leads. In a romance there has to be some level of believing these two people want to be together and other than the cliche close slow motion moments I didn't feel a connection between them. The next issues are the plot and tone which go hand and hand. The show is trying to be a romantic comedy (heavy on the comedy) while still having very serious events happening which I felt didn't go well together. I don't like a scene where there is threats on a persons life and then fart jokes. It lessens the stakes and I am confused whether I as a viewer need to feel worried for the leads or laugh. Maybe if the jokes were funny I'd enjoy it but I felt like a lot of it was childish and weird. I wouldn't recommend this drama...

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Moonlight
1 people found this review helpful
by raquel
Jun 18, 2021
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Beautiful and Heartfelt

I absolutely loved this drama! I started watching it because I like the main actress Esther Yu but I fell in love with the whole cast as well. The setting and story was very interesting as I've never watched a drama about and writer and an editor before which made it refreshing to watch. The main couple has great chemistry and their love story is built with care and without frustrating plot points to keep them apart longer. Their personalities mesh very well and I liked their individual characters a lot. I even enjoyed the side characters! My only complaint was that I did not like the second couple that much. I don't know if it's an issue of my personal taste or a fault of the show but I didn't like the sfl that much which made it hard to like them as a couple. This however isn't that much of an issue since their scenes are skippable without missing much. I recommend this drama to anyone who wants a romantic feel good show that has an interesting and simple plot.

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