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Jiu Liu Overlord
20 people found this review helpful
Nov 11, 2020
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
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Light-hearted Romantic Comedy

I love love love love this drama!!! The first half of the series was so hilarious, it often put me in stitches. Then it got a bit more serious in the second half. ****Spoiler**** It was a nice twist when it got revealed that he was the missing Prince. Then the story moved to be more palace like, compared to when it started (it was mostly about the silk business).

The chemistry of the main leads are amazing too. Bai Lu is so likable, she never failed at creating perfect chemistry with her onscreen partners. I actually watched this drama straight after I watched Love is Sweet (she's the FL there).

The ending song is so mesmerising. It matches so well with the ML! I'm so in love with him ?. I first saw Lai Yi as Die Feng in Eternal Love. I watched The Legend of Fuyao merely to watch his story arch (and fast forwarded the rest - the main leads there got stabbed to death every couple of episodes and managed to survive every single time, it was just too much for me LOL). Lai Yi is such an underrated actor. He has this elegant aura, yet he can play evil role so well too (as in The Flame's Daughter).

The second male and female leads are so good that your heart bleeds for them. It's their bad luck to be fated as second leads!

I often drop drama series after watching several episodes if the storyline got a bit silly/ridiculous/draggy, regardless how much I ship the main leads. But Overlord is definitely not one of them. It has been very enjoyable thoroughly.

A light-hearted romantic comedy drama worth watching. It's just the right amount of palace politics, right amount of total episodes (36), and excellent performance by all cast members!!

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Ongoing 105/105
A Man in a Veil
9 people found this review helpful
Jan 29, 2021
105 of 105 episodes seen
Ongoing 2
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

Great Soap Drama

I haven't watched a drama this long for a very long time. I normally didn't want to touch it. Mostly because of lack of time in my part.

I accidentally came across episode 94 few days ago. It was so interesting that I went back to episode 1, through episode 97, within less than 4 days. It means I barely have slept in the last few nights. But it's so addictive, that I can't help not to hit the next episode button.

The plot is the usual Korean drama: accident, hospital scene, switched at birth, memory lost, childhood sweetheart kind of thing. Which I usually sneer at haha. But the storyline seemed to put all those plots together so nicely. And the acting are amazing (By the way, I didn't know any of the actors/actress in this drama to begin with).

The story never gets boring. I'm on episode 97 now. The end is near and I'm so going to miss this!

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Our Secret
11 people found this review helpful
Aug 26, 2021
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.0

Drama on Finding Your Identity

What can I say? This drama is just so beautiful to watch.

I normally choose drama by the main leads, and youth drama is not my go to (because I'm in my 40s and prefer more grown up topics). It's only because I kept on seeing the drama's commercial in Insta that I got curious. So glad I peeked - and got hooked instantly!

The acting is oh so very good. Kudos to the casting team, both the main leads look great together. Watching them, I can feel their love for each other. What a sweet pairing!

It has been a very long time that I have seen a drama which I don't fast forward here and there at some point. I don't fast forward AT ALL watching this!

There's not really a bad guy here, but it's just so nice to see the characters grow from when they started high school, till adulthood.

If you want to watch something which make your heart smile, watch this.

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Ongoing 12/14
Yumi's Cells Season 2
37 people found this review helpful
Jun 19, 2022
12 of 14 episodes seen
Ongoing 9
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

As Good as Season 1 - Love the Cells!!!

To be honest, I wasn't Ba Bi's fan in season 1. Like Yumi, I was 100% team Woong. Like Yumi, my heart was broken by the end of Season 1 and I couldn't imagine Yumi to end with anyone but Woong, that I swore I wouldn't watch Season 2.

Then one day I didn't have anything else to watch and I hesitantly clicked to watch episode 1 of season 2. The cells!!! They won me all over again. It reminded me the real reason why I watched Season 1. Yes, of course Yumi and Woong's relationship was fun to watch. The whole season was essentially just a slice of life - but thanks to the cells, they bumped it up to the next level.

So here I am, just finished episode 4 and can't wait for Friday next week for the next 2 episodes.

There's a big change in Yumi's life this season, career wise. So this is not just about Yumi's romantic life. It's showing her character growth - the risk she's willing to take to achieve her dream.

I am now officially in love with Ba Bi (just like Yumi). I know he's not going to be "the groom" but nevertheless, I'm enjoying the ride very much. I always take to heart that it's thanks to Ba Bi that Yumi ends up as a famous writer.

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Ongoing 9/12
Little Women
19 people found this review helpful
Sep 18, 2022
9 of 12 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10

Thrilling and Chilling All The Way Through

At first I expected this drama to follow closely to the American Little Women. At least it would be that kind of a drama. This turn out to have very little resemblance to the American version, except that there are four sisters.

But while I love the American version, I dare say this Korean version is very gripping and makes me want to see more. While the previous is all about warm hearted sibling love and some romance, the later is fully crime thriller with the romance as a small part only. Well I'm still currently in ep 9 and I still have no idea if the first sister's suitor is actually a good guy or a bad guy!! But I love all those uncertainties.

If any, I feel that the second sister often does things without thinking of the consequences. But again, she's an alcoholic so it's part of the character written for her I suppose. Also, the first sister carrying that bag with 2billion won on the street ?. So I won't say there are no silly bits here and there. Just saying the storyline is so good I am willing to let those random silliness go.

As usual, Kim Go Eun doesn't disappoint.

I highly recommend this drama. Gripping all the way through.

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The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion
22 people found this review helpful
Nov 16, 2020
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 5.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

A Huge Disappointment

I love Legend of Yunxi. And I was madly in love with Zhang Zhe Han. I was beyond excited when this drama came out.

The first 20 episodes or so was pretty good. Then it just became so ridiculous, I didn't bother to finish it. I think I stopped at 22 or 24. I did try to watch the last episode out of curiousity, but even then I fast forwarded most of it and watched only about 10 minutes in total.

Like what the other reviewers said, the reason for the main villain to want to revenge and kill ML was way too stupid. Come on..., surely the writer can think of something else more believable??! And FL is so unbearable to watch. I did love her in Legend of Yunxi. But her character in this drama is just too dumb.

The music are lovely, though.

Writers, please step up your work!! I want to support Zhang Zhe Han and all the wonderful actors in this drama. But please don't think we viewers will watch everything just because you put lots of beautiful looking people in here. I'm being very generous by giving a 5 star.

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The Story of Ming Lan
4 people found this review helpful
Sep 8, 2021
78 of 78 episodes seen
Completed 5
Overall 6.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 4.0
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Nice but a Bit Annoying Too

This is the first time I don't really ship the main couple. They were cute in the beginning, but that's before they got married to each other!!!

The first half of the drama was good. Then Ming Lan got married to Gu Ting Ye and the ship sailed. I fast forwarded most of the episodes afterwards as I really couldn't get myself to care about the story of Ming Lan in the Gu Manor. Before they got married Gu Ting Ye told Ming Lan that they are going to live in their own place (to avoid clashing with Gu's evil stepmother). Yet, it never happened.

The palace story (which took place after the marriage), I also couldn't be bothered about. I find the characters in the palace as weakly written. So I fast forwarded most.

The only reason I did a lot of fast forwarding, instead of skipping those episodes altogether, was because I didn't want to miss out on the story of Ming Lan's first love, Qi Heng. My heart broke for him. Yes, he's a bit naive but he's a good man and he did all the right thing. I'm satisfied with the ending as he found his good match (who's tragically, in my opinion, much better than the heroine Ming Lan - maybe the writer also secretly doesn't like Ming Lan? Haha). He so deserves it!

But, I can't believe Molan could live "happily ever after" (meaning, not dead nor imprisoned) - she's as bad as her mother. She made sure all of the pregnancies of her husband's concubines/mistresses couldn't survive full term)!

My favourite character in this drama would be Ming Lan's eldest brother, Chang Bai.

Overall, a bit disappointed. The acting of the main characters are good though, so that's why I'm not giving it less than 7.

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The Only Girl You Haven't Seen
7 people found this review helpful
Jun 19, 2022
18 of 18 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 1.0

Short n Fun

This drama is very short so the story is not long winded. The story is like Bruce Wayne/Batman and Peter Parker/Spiderman.

While the story is just ok, I feel that the main leads acts really well. The chemistry is also there.

The ML is awesome showing two different characters. One is very silly, air head like, while the other one is so cool and full of confidence.

The ending is open ended, to open the way for the second season. To be honest, I don't know why the FL felt so betrayed that ML lied to him about his other identity. She also been lying to him about her other identity too!!

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Ongoing 5/8
Young Actors' Retreat
8 people found this review helpful
Sep 14, 2022
5 of 8 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

New Concept

I wasn't sure what to expect but I gave it a go as I love the actors in Love in the Moonlight. I didn't watch Itaewon Class nor The Sound of Magic, but of course I know Ji Chang Wook and Park Seo Joon (it's hard pressed for a Kdrama lover not to know them!).

It's so nice to watch all the stars interact with each other. It looks like it's unscripted. If it is, then they must all be very good actors haha. It feels surreal to see them as themselves.

Some parts are soooo funny, I watched them on repeat LOL

Love it. Can't wait for next week for the next episode!!

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Ongoing 25/32
Master of My Own
4 people found this review helpful
May 14, 2022
25 of 32 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

Smart Female Lead

If you enjoyed Love is Sweet, you'll love this!

I'm always drawn to dramas with smart/strong female leads. I like Seven Tan and Kenny Lin, so I gave this a go. I like that she wasn't being the secretary for too long and that she doesn't let anything to stop her ambition to be an investor.

What I love most about this drama is the slow burn romance and the banters between the ML and FL. The character development of ML is amazing. His character is not just one dimensional - in fact it's three dimensional. Kenny Lin is great at portraying the character with many different emotional levels.

The supporting characters are also so adorable I have a tendency to fast forward supporting characters' storyline but not with this. The supporting characters are all so adorable.

This drama is just getting better and better the closer it is to it's ending. I always get so excited to watch the next day's episodes.

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Dropped 6/10
Nevertheless,
15 people found this review helpful
Jul 22, 2021
6 of 10 episodes seen
Dropped 3
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 1.0
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Mature Aged Viewing

This drama was so good in the first half. Then after episode 5/6, I just lost interest on continuing. I fast forwarded so much that I end up only watching about 5-10 minutes each episodes. Very very disappointing.

The charm of this drama lies in the super good looking casts and the realistic portrayal of modern love (friends with benefits). The chemistry between the leads are incredibly sizzling (in the first few episodes anyway, before the FL turned nasty to the ML).

This drama reminds me of "Cheese Trap" K-drama.

From episode 5/6, the FL was trying to avoid ML like a plaque. Whenever she sees him, she always gave him the hateful look, which really creeps me out. We're talking about few episodes of that - what a joke!

PS. The butterfly tattoo on the back of Song Kang's neck is soooo totally hot!!!

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Meet Yourself
2 people found this review helpful
Oct 21, 2023
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

Slow Burning Love

This drama is the same genre as Go Ahead. I might say it's somehow much better because it deals with more adult matters, and how the relationship of the main leads are very respectful and mature.

The main leads have a very strong chemistry. Li Xian is so adorable, the way he looks at the FL, you can really see love! I wasn't really his fan before, even though I liked Go Go Squid, I watched it mainly because of Yang Zi. But this drama made me his fan!

Crystal Liu, she's so beautiful and so calming. I also wasn't her fan before, I watched her in Once Upon a Time (with Yang Yang). That movie made me cringe even though I love Ten Miles of Peach Blossom. Anyway, I love her in this drama.

The reason for not giving a 10 is because the side characters storyline. Some of them are okay, but some I really don't care about (like the singer, the guy who meditated a lot, the spoiled girl who's Dad has a supermarket, the novelist, the waitress - wait aren't they all of them hahaha). I understand the side characters storyline are important to bring the drama to intertwine together. And I did watch them all (fast forwarding the singer and the meditate guy).

They have lots of very catchy beautiful songs, some which I put in my Spotify playlist.

Overall a beautiful drama to watch and I will wholeheartedly recommend this (and recommend you to just fast forward the sideline stories you're not interested on haha).

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Completed
Dong Yi
2 people found this review helpful
Nov 13, 2021
60 of 60 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

All Time Favourite K-drama

Dong Yi is my all time favourite k-drama. I watched it from beginning to end every couple of years.

Everything about it is so brilliant. Dong Yi's character, the King's absolute love to Dong Yi, Dong Yi's son, Dong Yi's orabuni Chun Soo who always put her first even though it means she never knows how much he loves her, you name it.

Every character play their part to the perfection.

I bawled my eyes out every.single.time (tears of happiness and tears of sadness)!!

10/10 all the way.
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Ongoing 20/36
Only for Love
12 people found this review helpful
Nov 12, 2023
20 of 36 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 8.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

Would I recommend this drama?

If you want to watch a realistic drama, move over, this is not for you . If you want to watch fluffy make your heart smile drama, then yes I will recommend you to watch this.

The pull and push in the ML and FL relationship is just so awkward. But don't worry, this drama gets better and better.

I read some parts the novel as I finished watching ep 20 to see which one is worse, the drama or the novel. The answer is, the novel by heaps! Why? Because the novel has no Bai Lu and Dylan. At first I thought this was an adaptation of an anime, so I was surprised to find out it's a novel. The novel is so badly written, so cringy.

I would certainly have dropped this drama after just 1 or 2 episodes if not because I love Bai Lu and how good looking Dylan is as the CEO. In fact, I wouldn't even touch this drama if not because of Bai Lu and Dylan.

CONS:
1. FL continuedly lied to ML all the way (well so far anyway, I'm at ep 20 now).
2. The second leads (Shan Shan and Mr Gu Jnr)... What the heck?!? Fast forward all the way.

PRO:
Bashing this drama aside, I do enjoy watching Bai Lu and Dylan - and the 2ML, and 3ML. This drama is definitely swoon worthy and full of eye candy. I smiled and giggled watching this. I would even rewatch just to watch the ML and FL chemistry. So according to my enjoyment level, I'm giving this an 8.5 (the novel I would give a 4.5!)

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Lonely Enough to Love
2 people found this review helpful
Jan 6, 2022
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Lovely to Watch

I watched this while looking for other movies by the male lead of The Gentleman and a Young Lady.

I surprisingly really enjoyed watching this. It's one of those drama with simple storyline, acted well and most importantly, not silly.

10 episodes is also a nice length. I think because it's only 10, that's why the storyline is just right - no need for them to stretch the story and add unnecessary things (which can be an annoyance).

The romance blooms organically for the FL (It was love at the first sight for the ML). FL is very beautiful but she's one of those natural beauty, not too overpowering.

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