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Cruel Romance
2 people found this review helpful
Jun 22, 2017
Overall 5.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 4.5
Regret. That's what I felt after wasting more than 3 precious days of my life binge watching this hot mess.

But if you asked me how I felt, say, 28 episodes or so in, I would've gushed loudly and happily, rambling on about the great chemistry, suspenseful story and amazing atmosphere. Sure, I would've admitted to plot holes and glaringly obvious breaks of logic, but my love for the passionate romance would have made me gladly overlook the negatives.

What went wrong, then? What made me go from giving this show a solid 7.5 (or even an 8) to giving a measly 5 (which I have given very reluctantly, considering how I actually want to give it a 4)?

To start off, I'll say this: The female lead is utter bullcrap. I have never, in ANY of the dramas I've watched, seen such a fickle, pushy, entitled and naive female lead- she's about as frail and intelligent as a dandelion. There is a limit to how dumb you can be, but this heroine surprises me every time. I can't say anything without spoiling the show for you (if, you know, you're still adamant to watch the show), but she acts VERY immature and heartless sometimes.

She's beauty,
She's grace,
She's a COMPLETE waste of space.

The male lead is dense. There's no other way of saying it. He constantly pushes around the female lead, directly or indirectly dictating her life and clings like a vine. I get it, you like her (for reasons beyond my understanding), but, sheesh, get yourself under control, man. But I'd take him over her moody ass any day; he was at least likeable.

But despite the problems I had with the characters, the story was engaging. It made me stay up till 3:30 in the morning on weekdays, desperately trying to find out what happened next...

...which is probably what made the shit that went down after (maybe) the 30th episode feel almost like betrayal.


The heroine chooses, CHOOSES, to believe some random seedy looking dude she just met over the male lead (who she, by this time, already hooked up with and has his bun in her oven) that he killed her parents. She doesn't bother to confirm what she heard or to even ASK the male lead on if it's true or not. No, she just packs up and LEAVES.

And then, through some miracle of god, somehow ends up joining a group of rebels whose aim is to drive away the Japanese from Shanghai (and possibly, China). Yes, this chick, who has never held a gun in her life, got magically chosen to train with an elite group of rebels, who just happen to have the support of high-ranking officials in Shanghai, such as our male lead. Not only her, even the pissy and spoilt second male lead who just smells of bad decisions manages to snag a top spot with the group.

But maybe she's actually good? Maybe she actually learned some moves? WRONG! In the first fight we see her participate in, she comes in an expensive coat, loose hair and heels. HEELS! Not even practical block heels, but freaking 3-4 inch pencil heels!

Alas, somehow, I'm not even surprised at this point.

Final thoughts: Skip. Escape. This should go to the dustbin of Chinese drama history, where it should never rear its pitiful head again.

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Miss in Kiss
5 people found this review helpful
Mar 19, 2017
Overall 5.0
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 4.0
Music 4.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
I dont even know why I tried.
I've watched the Korean and Japanese versions (both seasons) completely, attempted to watch the Thai and first Taiwanese version (gave up because of the lack of HD videos) and was extremely dissatisfied with the ending EVERY SINGLE TIME. After watching this, I realise that I should've just skipped it and not wasted my time.

After every version of the show, I always got this very, very strong feeling that the main girl (Ha Ni/ Kotoko/Yue Qin/whatever) ended up with the wrong guy. Anybody who has spent even an iota of their time watching the trailers and clips know what I'm talking about. I mean, WHY would you wait years and years for a guy who doesn't even bother to look your way? Even the most dedicated of girls would shrug and give up after a year of non response.

Yes, the second male lead (in this case, Ah Jin) gets very annoying sometimes, but he's so, well, awesome the rest of the time. He's always there when she needs him, talented and cute, and most importantly, actually gives a crap about her.

The casting was probably the worst I've seen in any adaptation (yes, even worse than the Japanese one). Lee Dino is cute, but NOT in a cold genius sort of way. Most of the time, he just came off as indifferent and uncaring, not cold and mean. Dino's acting range is pretty limited, but he was WAY out of depth here.
The female lead was irritating, more so than ANY of the other versions. I don't even know how that's possible- do they have an award for that? They should. On the plus side, she has one of the best crying faces I've seen; her face gets all red and splotchy, which is much more realistic than the delicate crying most actresses employ.

Overall: Skip, skip, skip. If you can handle the non-HD quality of the first Taiwanese adaption, watch that instead. The Korean one isn't that bad, but beware of the bad acting. The Japanese one is annoying (with, yes, bad acting) but 2 seasons, so a longer story. In short, ANYTHING is better than this.

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1 people found this review helpful
Apr 21, 2017
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
A very, very solid 9. This drama was unexpectedly much different from what I thought it would be.

The atmosphere, the characters, the acting EVERYTHING was incredible. Scenes that could have very easily crossed the line to melodrama surprisingly didn't and the directing was very well done. Not once did I feel like a scene was unnecessary or a waste of time.

The leads were literally perfect- they looked great together AND had amazing chemistry. From what I've noticed, older Japanese dramas are much better at romance than the newer ones, with more realistic characters and no flowery filters.

Overall- This is not a rom-com, but much more of a romance drama. Hockey is a huge part of the show, but it isn't necessary for you to know anything about hockey (case in point, me) to really enjoy the show. Annoying side characters (or should I say, character) are present though, but everyone else is wonderful, so don't let it deter you.

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Asuko March!
1 people found this review helpful
Mar 13, 2017
Overall 7.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.5
I don't think anybody goes into this expecting an amazing plot or something that'll blow them away, so the expectation is comfortably low. The drama doesn't claim to be something deep and insightful, so as long as you go with the right mindset, you should be okay.

Why you should watch this?

It's a great stress reliever and good way to spend your time while you wait for the next episode of another drama. If you want a light drama to lift some weight off your chest after a heavier one, this is absolutely it. The drama itself is only 9 episodes and pretty well paced out, so don't ever get the feeling that it's going too fast or too complicated. The length is great, too- not too long, just enough for the material in the episode. The friendship theme is adorable (as always) and makes you go 'awww' many times.

I like Takei Emi, so watching her character not much of a problem, except when she was pretty mean to her well-meaning grandfather (who rocked!) sometimes. In my strict Asian household, that wouldn't fly for a minute. The acting of the boys were pretty meh, as most of them were supporting characters anyway. I've watched Kaku Kento before, and his character was pretty awesome, so no problems there.

Why shouldn't you watch this?

MASSIVE second male lead syndrome. Like, REALLY massive. Most of the time, I didn't understand why she would go for the First Male Lead over the Second Male Lead, when he was clearly there for her more than the other guy. At one point, I even contemplated stopping the drama because it kept getting worse and worse as the show went on. Thankfully, the romance bit is very light and infrequent compared to the other themes.

Overall: Though my individual ratings are pretty average, my overall impression is largely positive. A good drama to get out of your slump- but just dont expect anything more than that.

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Zenkai Girl
0 people found this review helpful
Apr 14, 2017
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
I have to say, the summary is quite misleading; it makes the show seem like any other comedic Japanese drama with a role reversal. While that does sound interesting enough, there is a lot more to the story than just that.

I DID question the existence of some characters, but they were all so lovable that I can't bring myself to say that they were unnecessary. The best part is that there is no 'bad' character- people who you think are going to be complete jerks turn out to be pretty awesome. The main characters have only one enemy: themselves. This is one of the very few dramas where I liked EVERYONE. Like, literally EVERYONE.

Our main female lead, Wakaba, is an ambitious, smart and hard working young woman. She went through a harsh childhood with nearly nothing and practically made her own ladder to climb up the ranks. Hence, she consciously looks down on people she deems 'ambition-less', which includes our male lead, Sota. Sota, in fact, DOES have ambitions of his own, which he unfortunately had to give up to take care of his incredibly adorable son.

Thus, the whole story revolves around each of them finding what really matters: being honest to oneself and following their dreams or going with what they think is the 'right' way.

One of my motivations to watch the show was Aragaki Yui, who was great as usual, but what surprised me was Nishikido Ryo, of whom this is my first drama. He blew me away with how adorable he was (I paused like, 10 times just to stare at his smile), not to mention how well he acted as a naive, caring father. DEFINITELY watching his other stuff.

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Mar 29, 2017
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
Is this movie worth a solid 10? Let's go with a checklist.

-Great acting? Check.
-Great story? Check.
-Great writing? Check.
- Humour? Check.
-Craziness (it's in my criteria, ok?) ? Check.
-Brutal honestly? Check.
-Unexpected ending? CHECK.

So this drama had it all. So why no 10, you ask? Because that ending was VERY unexpected. A little too real for sentimental, silly me. I mean, I rightly should give it a 10, but after the emotional shitstorm I faced inside me after I finished it, I'm reducing 1 point just because I can.

This movie starts off very light and stereotypically. Pretty, nerdy girl and Slacker boy fall in love after Nerdy Girl decides to tutor Slacker Boy. They start going out and have a long distance relationship. Their relationship survives due to the power of their love and they live happily ever after. Well, that was what WOULD have happened if it went the regular route. Instead, this movie decided to show the other side- the more REAL side.

We see that love is not enough to save a relationship, that two people can love each other to death and yet not be able to stay together. We see that you can have all the dreams and fantasies in the world, but only a lucky few will actually see them come true. We see that every single action, whether it's a small "sorry" or a loud "I miss you", can greatly affect the future.

As the characters grow in age, the movie gets more and more complex. It stops being all flowery and hopeful and brings in a darker and much more honest scenario of a high school relationship. I have to say, Michelle Chen is an INCREDIBLE actress; her presence stole every scene from every character. Her expressions, her mannerisms, her acting overall was marvellous. She made her character into a real person, which is extremely hard to do.

I recommend this drama, but with precautions- if you are a huge fan of happy endings, this might not be it, unless you're willing to try something different. The ending is very well crafted and if you pay attention, you'll notice some parallel endings to some of the events that made a huge impact on the relationship of the leads. These parallel endings lead to a completely different outcome of the relationship.

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Mar 29, 2017
Overall 7.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
This drama's name is so cuckoo that it ALMOST put me off watching it. ALMOST...but I would also be lying if I said that one of my main motivations for watching this drama was the title. Imagine my surprise when this drama actually didn't turn out like I expected it to (i.e., shitty).

The two main characters were pretty likeable and had good chemistry, so the romance didn't flop. The plot was a bit of nothing, more go-with-the-flow than stick-to-the-script, but then again, it was still pretty entertaining.

Overall, I think it's great way to waste your time, because it really doesn't take much to finish an episode. Really, each is just like, 20 minutes anyway. There are definitely worse, less entertaining, things to watch.

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Introverted Boss
0 people found this review helpful
Mar 17, 2017
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 6.5
By all means, this drama should have been pretty mediocre. Not too bad, but certainly not great, either. Every element, every twist, every plot line is something we all have seen in numerous dramas before.

But it's the characters that made and wrapped the drama in shiny gold packaging for me. I know there are many people saying that the actress playing Ro Woon is extremely irritating, but somehow, I never thought that. Every action of hers fit her personality (nosy, loud, argumentative etc.) perfectly, so I could hardly fault either the actress or the character.

Which brings me to the acting. I thought most of the acting by the main and supporting cast were pretty solid. They did full justice to their characters (though I wish some of them got more screen time, but oh well). The leads were great and their chemistry was PERFECT. It's been a long time since I've seen the main couple so well casted, but they really did make an excellent pair. Their opposing personalities were surprisingly well matched and Eun Hwan Gi as a character was absolutely adorable. He was the main highlight of the show, to be honest. The couple and Hwan Gi were MAJOR points in favour of the drama, almost fully overshadowing the negatives.

The negatives were minor for me, since I could so easily look past them, but a main one would definitely be how much the beginning was stretched. There were a few unnecessary scenes which, I felt, could have been edited out for clarity. Hence, I agree that the first 5 episodes were pretty boring, which was why some people (including ones I know) dropped the drama early on.
But I highly recommend you push on, like I did. It gets MUCH better, the pace stabilises and the whole drama gets more interesting.

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