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MysteryMel-Bookish

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Bread and Soup and Cat Weather
15 people found this review helpful
Mar 30, 2014
4 of 4 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Found this Japanese jewel and was hooked right off,due to its sheer simplicity of telling a very full story of finding & knowing self. This series artfully deals with a middle-aged 40+ woman who is forced into a journey of finding herself and being comfortable in her own skin. The host of characters who travel with her are quirky yet loving making the entire cast delightful & engaging. This is not for anyone looking for murder, mayhem, romance, and backstabbing - but if you are looking to take a break and partake in something that feeds YOUR inner self, this would be a great break. Easy-going, simple, appropriate soundtrack and just left me feeling good & it's only 4eps. Good story telling does not always needs 16, 24, or 50episode to make an impact.

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How to Use Guys with Secret Tips
15 people found this review helpful
Oct 12, 2013
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Interesting-funny storyline of introverted girl gets guy via a comic like secret tip self-help VHS. The actress was the focal point, detailing the self-exploration of what she wants & needs to connect humanely/lovingly with people, specifically MEN. The story background is in 70's color explosions & comical story boarding while weaving this tale about men - women and our relationships. For a more mature audience due to candid discussions of sex, love, ying/yang - basically foreplay of any relationship. Would I rewatch? Yes! One of those quirky films that keeps your attention, makes you laugh, and ponder relationships of your own...

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Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
21 people found this review helpful
Mar 9, 2013
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
I was intrigued from the onset with the bookstore. The actors, scenery, and pace is very watchable and soothing. This drama uses the unspoken dialogue as the dialogue. Thus the actors are filling in the spaces with their stories, lives and secrets. The bookstore business I the US is fading art yet this drama critically illustrates its importance in the lives of others. If you love books, mystery/treasure hunting and the voluminous quiet of a bookstore this is worth the watch.
Why watch? I confess, I own a bookstore ;) and yes we have all these kinds of characters enter our store&life;.

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Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy
9 people found this review helpful
Dec 16, 2013
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama is all about 2 key things 1)Love & learning how to love 2) growing up to become person you need to be, confidently. The subject was sensitive YET handled deftly by the GHJ & GY and cast who portray degrees of a relationships & shades of love. Lots of tears shed while watching with many of the sub-stories impacting youths, family, and schools and the yearning love of the GY...Funny, so many times we get caught viewing today though regrets glasses we cannot look ahead to see the things facing us cause we are wearing the wrong glasses. GREAT drama for all who love good story telling, electric chemistry, well placed sound-tracks or having GHJ - MSun withdrawal. Just get some tissues ready, you will cry...

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A Frozen Flower
11 people found this review helpful
Apr 3, 2014
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
If you are looking for a complicated dangerous liaison & appreciate the art love, then this is for you. The king_JJM is a deadly handsome lover who serves his favors for only men, specifically JIS who was groomed to be his lover since childhood. The trick for the king, is getting a heir from the sitting queen,while thwarting coups & maintaining his lover. The bottom-line finding the right person to serve the queen, why not the lover - you know how this ends... Groomed to love a man VS getting a taste of honey...
This is not for those who are intimidated-shy with well-done nude love scenes and these actors did a very convincing job in all aspects - not too many and not too explicit, remember this is about making babies & lusty love for this triangle. This movie reminded me of a chess piece roles... Pawn helps/loved King; King loves Pawn; Pawn services Queen; King alone & in love; Queen loves Pawn; Pawn is always sacrificed. Would I watch again? Probably not, too many more to discover.

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Divorce Lawyers
8 people found this review helpful
May 7, 2015
46 of 46 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 9.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Finally a Cdrama that's well done - thank you! Finally, an mature storyline & great story!

Story: Divorce lawyers of opposing sides find the love spot as they both work though the bad luggage they acquired from previous relationships. Not a new storyline, just a well acted and directed story.

Actors: Main leads chemistry was simply delicious and heartfelt. The side actors (and their stories) were well matched and performed.

Music: well matched and placed

This drama might resonate with any viewer who has been through any major life events and survived to be better on the other side. The leads have magnetic chemistry which make this so delightful to watch.

Rewatch: 46eps is long to rewatch but I might hop around to view episodes to keep these characters and their journey as a reminder on some key life points on love, marriage, divorce and smiles. Well done drama.

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Pin to Kona
8 people found this review helpful
Nov 12, 2013
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Modern youths engaged and steeped in Kabuki tradition is the backdrop of this Jdrama. The actors were strong,the storyline is directionally solid even with the accompaniment of the standard poor girl who helps a boy, father and family grow-up & a love triangle, all which works well together. The costumes & pageantry of this theater backdrop was compelling,& educational. The most fascinating aspect, was to see young adults (YA) who are holding fast to their important rituals that define their culture. These YA were dedicated (for some obsessively) to their painstaking yet stunning art - most impressive. Each episode is full of rich dialog, kabuki practices and segments of a performance (nicely & tastefully debriefed by the family caretaker to explain to all of us non-Kabuki theater folks). Well done finale nothing too over the top, just solid closure on relationships. Enjoyed this series!

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Hwang Jin Yi
8 people found this review helpful
Sep 10, 2013
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
Just marathon-ed this epic tale and was entertained by each episode. Strong story of an important woman in history & Korean history who was gifted beyond her time. Her tenacity, intelligence and wit was uncommon at that time period (still not a favorite today in some lands) to move a nation and gender forward. This movie would be an excellent viewing for the costumes, scenery, and historical nuggets and needs to be extra-recommended during Women's month as a reminder of women who helped form a culture when women were basically considered playthings by either profession or birth. The lead actress did a brilliant acting job in this mentally & physically demanding historical figure role convincing viewers that she was JinYi. The only downside, you will find yourself tearing up - beside that, this is well worth the investment of time and thought

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Fated to Love You
16 people found this review helpful
Sep 5, 2014
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Had fun riding the Gunnie & Mi roller coaster to love. This version of the Taiwanese drama was hands down grossly improved by the actors & onscreen chemistry. The humor, chemistry and story made this an easy to get hooked on and felt right for end of summer drama. Did the storyline change from the Tw version - not much... the comedy portions were endearing to the plot and not overplayed. For me the soundtrack was mesmerizing and well placed throughout the drama. The most poignant track, were the touching instrumentals played at heartfelt moments serving to heighten the moments at hand. The ending was nicely summed up and overall was the right length - no more -no less. Interesting that the two end of summer dramas are dealing with mental & family issues - life goes on. As a final note, the two leads looked like they had fun doing this drama, resulting in magnetic chemistry heartfelt through the screen, coupled with the remaining cast who just made you smile every episode. Well done and lots of HAMO HAMO!

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The Queen of Office
9 people found this review helpful
Dec 2, 2013
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
How did I miss this well written drama? Why didn't this kdrama hit my radar sooner? When & What was I watching that made me ignore this gem?

Ok - finally completed this intelligent, funny, serious, oh heck - 'one hella of an emotional roller-coaster' drama. Each episode carefully rolls out a tightly interwoven story of intersecting lives of disenfranchised & lonely people unbeknownst to them. This is a story of adults in the workplace facing crappy conditions for contract or non-contract workers in a tight job market,while dealing with all the societal & workplace issues: sexism, agism, office jockey games, and favoritism. Comical to the point of stomach pains and tears to fill a cup full with characters you grow attached via each episode. Romance? Yes-Lite; Conflict? Yes, passive & aggressive; Music? well-suited_spot-on! Watch Again? Yes!
If you like drama that has a strong female lead, adult-issued storyline, no sappy happy endings, & strong writing give this kdrama your time, it will be worth it!

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Ja Myung Go
7 people found this review helpful
Feb 23, 2014
39 of 39 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
After trying to fill the waiting void from KI, this popped up in a discussion and recommended, I now know why.. This is EPIC scale drama of divine anointed births who are each destined to save and or betray a nation & the struggle to earn love & respect. Lots of twists and turns, with the end being shown first thus the back episodes are retelling the events. This series is focuses on lots of moving parts of conniving 1st & 2nd queens, 2 unbeknown sisters who share the love of a weak man, nation building-destroying & lots of display of any of 7 deadly sins. Lots of backstabbing, strategy, just misuse of power and tons of kingly cruelty wrapped in this drama. The last episode was chaotic and just felt rushed making me somewhat satisfied yet disappointed they rushed it when they had 20ep earlier to work things out better. This is 39 hrs of which I really enjoyed the ep 25 - 38 the best, the rest you can skip around once you get get handle of the many moving characters and parts or just to use as a comparable when you have caught up with KI. Would I re-watch? No - got the t-shirt this round...

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Eternal Love
8 people found this review helpful
Mar 26, 2017
58 of 58 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.5
With a grimaced grin I started this 58eps saga and finished with smile knowing the gods have a complicated love life too! This drama is long, detailed with lots of plots, sub-plots and sub-sub-plots.

Story: Full pageantry, scenery & costumes fit for gods - simply breathtaking. Ok, the story is a complicated love of two gods who are toss about time by any and all other gods-deities' (big-small). Lots of action, dialog, backstabbing, front-stabbing lust and greed. No wonder us mortals are kinda screwy when it comes to love, the gods are in the same boat. Wuxia galore - magically performed.

Acting/Cast: Hands down Mark Chao is mesmerizingly handsome in ALL his roles. He alone is worthy of the watch. The female lead Mi Yang had excellent chemistry with male lead and was cast perfectly as the white-9tail fox, silly, mischievous, cunning and smart. The other host of characters were cast ideally with some more memorable than others.

Music: Well done, nothing exceptional NOR bothersome. Well matched for Wuxia.
Re-watch? Not for awhile and selective eps only. Too long to RW in entirety.

Overall: Solid fantasy, romance, wuxia done well. Mark C is just lovely to watch onscreen. I believe he channeled that role as crown prince, God of War to perfection.

If you enjoyed Nirvana, give this one a try!

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My Pig Lady
8 people found this review helpful
Dec 18, 2014
27 of 27 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 3.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
Story was simple, rich rural girl yearns to be in urban high-life scene & man yet shuns all the insincerity of the upper-class. This Tdrama was OK, moderate to high cheesiness of acting and silly antics which is common in Tdrama world. The redeeming portion of the entire drama was the onscreen chemistry between the two leads which was refreshing and heartfelt which is not always common in the drama world while the second pairing was distant and possessed NO chemistry! As for music & re-watch values - *blerg*. The OST is beyond cheesy and bothersome kitschy. The second most memorable role was the pet pig who was always dressed up - and not on a plate. Somehow the show entertained and that's why we watch drama. Would I re-watch? Not in my plans, enough pig farmer & pretty boy for awhile...

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Mon Jun Tra
8 people found this review helpful
Jun 13, 2014
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
3M - S2 is the Best of 3M series for 3 reasons.
1 - story is uncomplicated yet enough twists, slaps and written to keep you watching
2 - the two leads chemistry was felt with the male lead - Chakrit being my main rationale for watching. He's got smexy down! Worth the watch for his smile...
3 - it's visually an awesome setting -beaches, water, Chakrit, boats, gambling, bad guy Vs guy, & non-glam attire for a lakorn.

Point that annoyed: Margie role was "shrewish" for interacting with a mature man, and not an adult mindset. To the point, she was like a rebellious loud mouth child talking to other kids. Sorry girlie, you are dealing with a man now...

This lakorn will get you hooked on the many waiting to be watched.... get ready to swoon.

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Warm and Cozy
12 people found this review helpful
Jul 4, 2015
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 4.5
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 4.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
It's over! Thank goodness. This was like watching taffy getting pulled with a machine. Warm & cozy? Why did I finish, I'm still questioning myself. What was the story about? Why did it take 16eps to get warm & cozy when I only felt annoyed & cold toward the main leads. Scenery of jeju, magical. Lady diver storyline interesting. Older brother & lady diver relationship-worthy of watching, maybe. Still trying to figure out what the drama was about especially with that choppy final eps?????? Sorry this is not for everyone. They should have a warning sign "slow moving bus,honk twice to pass" OR "slow ride, enjoy at your own risk."

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