This drama is a simple romance. Nothing more. Nothing less
Don't expect the most original of the stories, don't expect a gritty, edgy tale. The story is as simple as it can get. And cliché too. Really cliché.
We have our aloof rich dude, Ji Soo Ho, and our candy girl, Song Geu Rim. We have our controlling evil mom, Nam Joo Ha and the love rivals, Lee Kang and Jin Tae Ri. However, althought there ARE a lot of clichés, I was pleasant surprised by how most of them were desconstructed. The characters feel like they could be real people. Each has their flaws and virtues.
Yoon Doo Joon was so good as the cold Soo Ho. You could see the façade he put, you could feel how deeply he was hurting inside. And despite what many think, I didn't feel turned off by his gap with Kim So Hyun, they had a nice chemistry and it didn't really feel like I was seeing a younger girl and an older man (although both are still young in my opinion, YDJ not so much)
Talking about KSH, I really liked her acting and character as well. She was different from most candy girls, more down to earth but still being a shameless optimistic. And like many other of her works, KSH has such a natural way with acting. She feels genuine and you can't help but like her. She did great with her first "adult" role.
I also really liked Yoon Park as Lee Kang haha I'll admit that at first I didn't recognize him at all, so I was all like "hmmm I've seen him somewhere" but it wasn't until I checked the cast I recognized him fully lol Back to his acting...he's clearly the second lead. The funny part is that you can't really figure out if he's a romantic rival or just a weirdo who is very touchy feely. And that's the good in his acting: he kept me trying to guess his character even though it was so clear who he was. His actions were unpredictable, and his behaviour funny in a very twisted way.
I saw some complaints about Yura and her acting, but honestly in my opinion she was okay (?) I mean, she was so underdeveloped that for me it wouldn't make a huge difference if she was part of the drama or not. Her character could be easily removed and it wouldn't change anything. Although I have to admit I liked what they tryed but failed to do with her character.
Being an ex-journalist, I used to work with radio as well, so obviously I was at least a bit excited to see how they would portray it on TV. The result didn't deserve my hype.
The first episode had me like: "WTF?" all the way through. Seriously, and the way the drama portrays doing radio is romantized to say the least. No, there's no such thing as describing the sunset on radio. Radio is highly scripted and the DJs are supposed to talk as clearly and objectively as they can. Maybe it can vary from country to country, but I would like at least a bit of more research on how everything works. I found it really strange how they talked about how radio was so great but didn't bother to at least show some of it's story. C'mon, we are talking about one of the oldest communication devices here.
I didn't need a whole description, but some mentions would be good.
Also, would it hurt to be less cringy? Whenever I saw a slow-mo I had the urge to roll my eyes to the back of my head. The cheese was real on this one. Like I said, it's romantic to the core, actually to the point of giving you cavities. However, being a fluffy sucker like I am, I can kinda forgive haha
The pacing seemed strange sometimes too. I mean, sometimes it was too slow, then too fast. Then in the last few episodes every piece was put together but it still felt a little rushed to me. Some consistency wouldn't hurt too, because without it we really don't know where the drama is really going to. Is it purely about romance? Are they going to focus solely on radio? Is there a mystery at all? Everything ended up being confusing.
And even though the characters were quite pleasant to watch, some felt a bit too underdeveloped for me. It lacked some more story. If you're going to present a character that has depth, then show me WHY instead of only giving me glimpses of what could've been. And even if you, don't rush it like this drama did. Because I ended up liking more the idea of a certain character, the potential they had, than what I was really shown. Soo Ho's mom and Tae Ri are great examples of this, but I would love some more work on the others as well.
The music was cute. Just that, I didn't really care nor paid attention. Actually, the music that had my attention was actually the background music rather than the OSTs haha Whenever they were at an event, shop or store and I heard music like "Peek-A-Boo" or Bruno Mars' hits, I would get all excited. Which is also a negative since the OSTs are supposed to be one of the highlights of a drama. Music matters too.
Rewatch value? Hmmm, maybe yes because I'm a shameless Kim So Hyun stan haha But for those who like romance and some good moments, it's worth watching again after some time.
All in all Radio Romance was, like some said, mostly a "filler" drama. It had good acting, some good moments, emotional moments too but also plenty of flaws. In the end this is just an average drama that you watch to pass time. But being average doesn't necessarily means it's bad, it's just that this drama clearly has a target audience and it didn't get out of it's comfort zone. So if you're a fan of romance, then give this one a try, but watch knowing you won't be seeing the next great epic romance, just a cute little romance.
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The plot is rather simple and dare I say cliché in some aspects (boy meets girl, insta-love, CEO and employee, cold emotionless guy vs sweet shy girl). However, it adds original and rather fun things like the virtual world battles and interactions. Also, kudos for adding such a contemporary theme like games and gamers. It was really refreshing to see not only boys but also girls playing virtual games.
However, even if the plot is somewhat decent, I don't think the characters or even characterization was well done. I mean, let's admit it, the main couple was a bit...too perfect for my taste. Nothing wrong with having capable main leads, but the two seem more like Mary Sues than actual capable, independent characters. I would've liked it a lot more if their flaws and problems were highlighted more (or even there to begin with, I didn't see ANY major flaws from each character), because they didn't feel realistic to me. But I kind of liked the way they trusted and confided in each other, but still felt a tad bit unrealistic (really, every couple has problems).
Also, the acting was stiff to say the least. I didn't feel anything at all from both parts. Yang Yang is drop dead gorgeous and a hella of a kisser but nothing more than that. I know his character is supposed to be this distant, somewhat emotionless guy, but he could've given much more than just the same cool, cold guy that we are tired to see in dramas (at least I am tired).
Zheng Shuang has the same flaws: a pretty face (also justified since her character is supposed to be pretty) but nothing much more than that. She lacked emotions and expression, what was supposed to be quirky turned out to be just plainly awkward. I know that because I've read the novel this drama was based on, and let me say the novel's Wei Wei was a lot quickier/ funnier than ZS portrayal, which made me like her more than when I watched the drama (even if she was still a Mary Sue).
Side characters were well played, and actually more developed than the main ones. I liked the subtle bromance between two of Nai's life long partners, but it's so subtle and undeveloped that it made me wish to see more, luckily I read the novel and got what I wanted.
All in all it was addictive but turned out to be underdevoloped, which is sad given it's 30 episode lenght. Honestly, I've seen dramas with a lot less episodes but much more fulfilling in terms of acting/plot/development. Also, the episodes seemed draggy sometimes and pointless. I think it would be better if it was 16 episode kind of drama, since the lack of depth and not much to do with the plot could allow this one to be a sweet, funny journey. But what's done is already done anyway.
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This review may contain spoilersLet me start saying I didn't watch the other remake (or even the original one) or read the novel, so it was the first drama I watched with this story that was told plenty of times. And let me say this made me want to watch everything (including the chinese original, saddly I didn't find it yet).
Scalert Heart has an overused plot, or at least that's the impression I've got after reading so many chinese novels with almost the exact same description. However, instead of China, it takes place in Goryeo and, unlike many heroines I've seen in these kind of novels, the main character seems rather docile and ingenue. Althought don't be fooled! This drama is a rollercoaster and it will make you cry more than an infant.
Let's start with the acting: what can I say except superb? I know that IU was not great at all, but at least she made a half decent job in some scenes, and her forever frightened face kind of mixed well with other scenes too. But the real star I'm talking about here is none other than Lee Joon Gi and his portrayal of the dark, traumatized and passionate Wang So. Seriously, he got me crying, smiling, squirming and cheering for him even though his decisions and actions weren't always likeable. And let me say that it's very difficult for me to feel this way about a character.
Other thing I really liked on this drama was how morally ambiguous every character was. Even some characters I didn't like from the beginning, I felt some sort of empathy for them (except Wang So's mother, that bitch). And their morally ambiguity is more than justified given how living on a palace, pratically sparring for the throne, is stressing. Really, I also liked how Hae Soo's love interest changed through episodes, which gave us a really well done love triangle. One thing I always hated on kdramas was how most of the time the second lead has no space on the female lead's heart except friendship, but this one did a good job by balancing both love interests instead of doing one-sided crushes.
The music was also addictive and made me feel warm and sad at the same time. I know it seems strange to mix such modern and upbeat music to a historical drama, but everything was mixed so well it gave me not only good additions to my playlist, but also made some scenes seem so much sweeter.
My only major complaint though, was how they dealt with Soo's time traveling and adjusting to a whole different era. It was like they began to develop it on the first few episodes, but then suddenly she was already used to everything and how everything worked. It just didn't feel realistic at all. I understand that with her more submissive, sensitive demeanor she can blend in easier, but her life suddenly changing from one thing to another was mostly handwaved.
And now to finish this review, I'll talk about the ending(spoiler free): I know many may complain about it, and I agree in some parts, but overall I think it was great. It gave me the goosebumps, made me cry a river, but still I wouldn't change a thing. That's how I feel about this drama: sure it had it's flaws, but the overall picture was so well done, it made me cry and have the feels for at least two days. Not every drama makes me like that.
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It's cute and all but...I've seen better. It has nothing new but I already knew it when I decided to watch. What really attracted me were the ratings and many viewers saying "oh, it's like a better version of Itazura na Kiss". And I have to admit: I dislike Itazura na Kiss and all it's remakes. I tried to watch, many times, but dropped it. I just can't stand the main leads. Decided to give a chance on this because I thought it would be really different.
But I'm not here to talk about InK, but with so many comparisons here's my verdict: Is it that much different? No, not at all. The girl is still stupidly and desperately pursuing the guy, who in turn acts acts cold and dismissive towards her. The thing is this drama is a more toned down version. People were right, he's not as much of a jerk, but he's still rather unnecessarily cold and, at times, rude. And the girl is not that much "stronger" either. She takes a LOT of his crap and doesn't do anything. And when she actually does (like telling him how it is) it's in a rather childish and immature way. Even when she actualy glosses over "giving up on him" she acts like a child, running away.
Seriously, I'm all for women pursuing the ones they like, but there's a fine line between trying to woo someone and being pathetic. The female lead fell on the wrong side for me. Really girls, if he's not into you, then don't even bother much longer.
Also, I'll never understand one thing: why is the guy always the genius and the girl an "idiot"? Couldn't she be average or even good at studies? Why the huge contrast between the best and the worst? Maybe it's just me nitpicking or thinking too much into it.
Their romance was boring, the cute scenes were fluffy but it really annoyed me when the guy acted nicer only to later act like a dismissive ass. And even when he was being "nice", he still threw one-liners here and there, was distant and constantly ordered the girl around. And it wasn't cute! That's not a cute behaviour, that's plainly annoying to watch.
Luckily it gets better. But it takes a longer time than I expect (and wanted). Only on the last few episodes it really looks like there's a mutual relationship. Still, I found myself annoyed by some actions.
However, what I liked here were the side characters. I guess they are the sole reason I gave this a 7.
I liked the second couple more than I enjoyed the main one. And it's actually pretty funny because their relationship is basically like the main couple's but with genders reversed. Despite that though, Jing Xiao was never truly mean or dismissive of Lu Yang. She really regarded him as close friend, and often got out of her way to demonstrate it. Their relationship felt more developed, healthier if I may say so. And their wedding vows were actually the cutest ever.
Also, Wu Bo Song is one of the best second male leads out there. I think those kind of characters really highlight how different the male lead's treatment of the female lead is crappy, althought I admit that he was kinda exaggerated at times. But he's not just a second guy to fall for the girl, he actually has struggles of his own. The issues with his dad and grandmother actually managed to make me shed some tears.
Another strong point is that this drama is actually pretty accurate with studies and even touches on taboos. It wasn't entirely well developed, after all this is a romance focused story, but I liked to see how the increasingly high standards for students is slowly taking it's toll on them. And the way it was all handled was quite realistic.
All in all it was an interesting watch. Funny thing is that I'm watching a very similar chinese drama called "With You", which has surprisingly similar plot, however I just think that in that drama everything is handled much better. I recommend for you to take a look at those two pretty similar and take your own conclusions.
Now I'll get ready for the flack haha
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I still remember the first time I read about this drama. Lee Seung Gi wasn't confirmed yet and all we really knew was that it would be a modern day adaptation of "Journey To The West". Oh boy, I was skeptical. Actually, I think everybody was. I remember commenting something among the lines of "This will be either loved or hated." And I have to shamelessly admit that I was right! Some hated it, others loved. I see some middle ground sometimes but the great marjority is one of those two extremes.
I'm on the side that actually liked it, however I don't close my eyes for it's imperfections.
I didn't read Journey To The West, but I had heard of it many times, and after beginning this watch I decided to do some research on the actual story. Turns out it's actually different but at the same time the Hong Sister's added some pretty clever references and similarities. The ggg for example (no, I don't really know how to spell the name and I'm too lazy to look for it), was very thoughtful since it actually opens an opportunity for romance to happen. And we all know that kdramas, no matter how non-romance focused, always try to push down our throats some kissy-kissy times.
However I must admit that the consistence and overall pacing was a bit off for me. They decided to stick to the "Monster of the week" formula. Pretty similar to Master's Sun if you may ask me. But instead of compelling stories though, I felt they were...how should I put it...boring and paled to the main plot. There were some well done instances, but overall I ended don't really caring about anything at all.
The romance aspect was something. Maybe the Hong sisters have a thing for emotional sadomasochism(or at least as far as I've seen on their dramas), and it either annoys or tortures the viewers. I found myself strangely curious about the relationship between Oh Gong and Sun Mi. It was like the relationship in the drama Secret, where you can't help but wonder how the f* will these two end up loving each other and to what extent? But they do in a rather twisted way that, admitedly, I don't really know how to feel about.
What really shined on this drama were the characters. From the leads to the supporting cast, all of them were complex and multi-layered, with varying degrees of development. I didn't watch many LSG dramas, but here he delivers a pretty solid performance. His character is purely chaotic and you can sense that just by looking at his condescending smirk and that even reflects on his fashion.
I've read a lot of complains about Oh Yeon Seo's character and performance, but honestly I thought she was actually pretty okay. Searching about the character that she was based on, their personalities (mostly the passivenes) were actually pretty similar. So yeah, kudos for faithfulness. Also, she had some pretty awesome and strong moments going for her, and her actual insecurities feel more than justified. Exaggerated maybe, but she still has things going for her.
Talking about good performances, next we have Cha Seung Won. He was the perfect mixture of ridiculous over-the-top and someone you should actually fear. His extra behaviour was hilarious in some points, but you still didn't forget who he actually was and the lenghts he was willing to go to fulfill his goals. Actually, he was one of the most ambiguous characters because we are aware that he means "good", but only to reach what he really desires. And he didn't hesitate on changing temporary goals for that.
And last but definitely not least I'd like to talk about the best scene stealer: Lee Se Young! After watching Hit The Top, I didn't think she was a good actress at all. She was bland and expressionless, and she lacked charisma. But here she's anything but bland, expressionless and definitely she has a LOT of charisma. Bu Ja was one of the cutest, most interesting characters I've seen in a while. I'm glad that LSY improved so much.
The music was great. I loved almost all OSTs, and for me to say that is really rare. In my opinion, an epic dramas has to have good OSTs. The plot, acting, everything else can be great, but if the OST isn't at least memorable, I tend to take points off. Since I was betting so much in this drama (I don't usually watch currently airing ones), I was fearful that the music wouldn't be on pair with the greatness I was expecting. Luckily, it turned out to be good.
The cinematography was also pretty good. It was beautiful, with dark tones but some light so that everything didn't turn so overly depressing. I also noticed the strong presence of strong colors like red, blue and yellow, which was an amazing addition to the more bleak atmosphere.
Since it's such a recent drama, I don't know if I'll rewatch it, not on this year at least. I'm not one to rewatch dramas, but if one day I feel like it, maybe I'll pick this one to pass the time.
All in all A Korean Odyssey isn't a perfect drama. But there was a reason for me, someone who never watches airing dramas, to turn back to this drama and wait for next week after next week: because in the end we don't really know why we like something. We just do. There are the pros and cons but in the end if someone asked me if I liked, if I enjoyed myself while watching, I would say yes without a second thought.
Also, I'd like to address that this drama, while not perfect, was pretty bold. It didn't shy away nor overanalyzed things like portraying the LGBTQ+ community. Coming from Korea, a still pretty conservative country, it's really something.
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Why? Because it's a trainwreck with a capital T. It's like the writer's wanted to shove any and every cliché into the plot line, creating absurd situations and even more absurd outcomes. A comment I read on the site I was watching this pretty much summed everything up: "It's like a Wattpad story turned into a chinese drama."
Not badmouthing Wattpad stories, some are even well written and all, but what I'm talking about here is the nasty side of those stories: an Alpha male lead who's obscenily rich, kidnaps a doormart and falls for her. Actually, "falls for her" is to say the least, because he has an obsession with her for apparently no reason other than keep the plot moving. Add an obnoxious second male lead(who had amnesia no less) and an even more obnoxious pair of love rivals, evil step mother,lots of misunderstandings and even a baby, mix everything and you have this drama.
Also, the title actually IS right: the president is a psycho. He not only tries to control the female lead, but also scars forever at least two other girls. And let's not enter the part of some other shitty things he does...
But...if I'm badmouthing it so much, why is my rating considerably high? A 5 is halfway to a 10, and given the quality of the drama it had to at maximum be a 2,5!
Well, I have to admit that despite it's ridiculousness, a plot and characters all over the place, this show is actually quite entertaining to watch. I found myself laughing at how absurd/stupid everything was, so in the end I lasted to the last episode(skipping a lot, but still managed).
I have to admit that despite it's massive flaws it can be pretty attention grabbing, and you will find yourself wanting to know what absurdity will happen next. So yeah, if I could use a quote to describe this show, it would be "So bad it's good"
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It's been a while since I've liked almost every character in a drama. Not only that, but also it's been a while since I've liked a main male lead this much. This drama may not be the best out there, may not have the most consistent and plausible plot, but it's enjoyable, heartwarming and funny. And at the end, even if you didn't like the drama, at least you'll know the word I said in the beginning lol
Hit The Top begins with a demi-original plotline: time traveling. While it's not completely original, and the explanations are very faulty, the show does a good job at exploring it's slice of life themes like family, friendship, love and finding your place in the world. The struggles the characters face are very real, althought not so deep exploited, and you will find yourself indetifying with them.
The first time I saw Yoon Shi Yoon was on Flower Boy Next Door (one of my first dramas) and I absolutely loved him there. Here he plays a similar character, but different at the same time. However I'm not here to compare the two, after all it's a completely different drama. But what I notice here was a slightly improvement in him. He seems more light, more funny. It's not like he's playing a character, his acting is so natural that you actually believe Hyun Jae is a real person.
As for the rest of the cast, I was quite impressed with Cha Tae Hyun, Yoong So Ha and Dong Hyun Bae. Each gave interesting layers to their characters, offering portrayals of real people rather than just characters. As for Kim Min Jae and Lee Se Young I wasn't impressed at all, but rather than liking their acting, I liked their characters, which was the main reasons I didn't dislike them at all.
The music fits the light and sometimes more tense tone of the drama, but nothing unforgetable.
As for the lenght, I thought it could've condensed everything a little bit, or at least give some decent explanations for the time traveling. Really, while the drama's strong points lies on characters and interactions, I think they forgot to add a more logical, without so much plot holes ending. Also I would've liked more hints on one of the big reveals of the series, because it ended up being too forced for my taste.
Overall it's a good drama. I liked almost all the characters, their friendship despite most having nothing to do with each other and the little life lessons it gives. Not perfect, it would be if it had a better execution and less plot holes.
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We all must already know by now that (not all though) kdramas aren't exactly the most accurate depiction of certain areas, medical being perhaps the main one. Falling For Innocence is not above that. With an almost fantasy-like plot (if not outright fantasy), FFI however is a good romance, with good characters and interactions.
This drama presents the same formula we are all tired to see: a rich jerk romancing a plucky, cheerful woman who, for reasons, intrigues him and defies everything he stands for. No matter how mean or rude he acts towards her, they will end up falling in love anyways because...well, it wouldn't be a kdrama if they didn't. The one thing that differentiates this drama is that the girl fiancee's heart is on the jerk and he starts to feel for her even though his mind says otherwise. It's an interesting plot point, unrealistic, but still interesting.
Apart from the typical romance, we also have a very typical revenge ploy where the jerk aims to make "justice" by exposing and depowering the ones who wronged his family when he was just a child (althought I'm almost convinced he did, at first, just to avenge his hurt pride). One more cliché to the list. Oh, and we can't forget the jerk has a "sad, sob worth past so that his actions are somehow explained (or even excused, though I beg to differ)"
Add some predictable mystery on the line and then we have Falling For Innocence.
However, despite all it's clichés and predictabilities, I liked it. I liked the characters, mainly Min Ho. He basically steals the show, even when he's behaving like a rude jerk and one step of being a sociopath. Jung Kyung Ho knows how to perfectly balance his character's manchild's antics with the angst required for someone who is, firstly, nearly dying and then suddenly discovering life again and how much of a horrible person he used to be. Unlike many rich jerk leads, his change actually is believable.
Kim So Yeon is good, but not outstanding. Like I said, this show is basically JKH's. But it was good to see a different sort of candy girl, who isn't entirely stupid or unbelievably clueless or kind. She's firm when necessary, but also has a gentle and positive mind. And when she faces angst, it actually feels natural. It was a refreshing role to see KSY in, althought I didn't see many of her drama. I watched and hated her inI Need Romance 3 (actually I hated that drama in general) so much I was skeptical at first, but she won me over and showed that yes, she still can take a place in my list of good korean actresses.
The supporting cast was also good, I have to say that I didn't quite like how they turned Yoon Hyun Min's character on an outright villain, with little to no redeemable features. I liked him in the beginning, he was a good contrast to Min Ho's manchild, but then for some reason the writers decided to make him downright evil because...evil mwahahaha. And the main leads need another obstacle (?). It would be much better if instead of creating a monster, they created someone who, still antogonistic, had more personality other than being the psycho.
Also, the office babbles bored me sometimes. You see, I'm not here entirely for the fluff (although it's 60% of the reason), but the business part of this drama was boring. So boring I found myself switching attention for other things. Luckily I think they noticed this and by the middle to the end of the drama focused much more on the characters, and the fun part of business a.k.a ploys to humiliate/take down business (yeah, I like that)
Aside from some shortcomings though, I have to say that I liked the general message of this drama. Actually, it has a lot of good aesops or at least some leads for you to think over. My favorite must the "If there's no love in your heart, then life is not worth" or something among these lines. Cute. I'll put that on my Tumblr later.
The music was forgetable. Seriously, I can't even remember one OST. Maybe I'm not as good of a reviewer as think I am, but if I'm watching a drama the OSTs has to catch my attention, even if just one.
Rewatch value? Hmmm, I'll also admit I'm definitely not one to rewatch a drama (It's also actually one of my drama viewer's almost rules, besides never watch a currently airing drama, but those I don't always follow). However, I can see myself watching it again in a distant future when I'm too bored or dimotivated to look for dramas. It would be a good pick if I wanted a not so serious drama.
All in all FFI has a lot of flaws, but I enjoyed and even binged, that's why the rating is relatively high. JKH is definitely on the way to become one of my favorite actors (I'm just loving him in Prison Playbook and plan to watch his other stuff), and I don't dislike KSY. Also, Min Ho's antics about love when he was heartbroken were the best.
And this drama is quotable af.
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Sometimes I ask myself: What makes a drama great? Is it the acting? Is it the story? The characters? Well, I think what makes a drama great is a mix of those and much, much more. It's not only about technicalities, it's about how this piece of fiction make you feel. If it makes you laugh, cry, angry, happy, fearful, then I think it was worth watching.
Chicago Typewriter has a fast paced, gritty beginning. It's like a huge puzzle that is slowly solving itself. It can be confusing for some viewers, mainly at the start, but if you stick long enough you'll understand everything. A lot of things aren't what they seem, and a lot of things will slowly unravel. From the first episode to the last one there will be questions to be answered, but the result is quite satisfying.
If you look on the surface the story is not very original, but the way it's told is what makes this drama shine. You'll find the old tropes korean dramas just love to play (and I love to point them out) like the tsundere male lead who finds his candy girl, sad pasts, family feulds, star crossed lovers, reeincarnation romance etc. But if you look deep into it, it's really about love, friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Yeah, I know, everything listed here sounds corny as heck but I think it wouldn't quite be called a "drama" if it wasn't.
The format is also very interesting. It mixes scenes from the 30's and the present, a thing made by many other dramas however in this one the world building was on point. It showed both the glamour and the downside, not overly romanticing but also not really turning it into a darker, heavier drama. It was also interesting to see a historical drama on the 30's, most of the dramas I saw that focused on that time were chinese, but South Korea also had a story of it's own to tell.
Now I must say that, if you aren't completely sold by the story, then you will at least appreaciate the leads. I think this is one of the few times that a korean drama made an awesome love triangle. They weren't just sides of a triangle, they were friends. You'll find yourself appreaciating them, cheering for them and crying because of it. Their chemistry was out of this world, the acting was just on point. You not only believe they are friends, but that their bond is so strong it can be easily be described as love. Those three love each other, no matter if they disagree at certain points, no matter even if they do something heinous, they wil stick together.
The side characters were also pretty good. Each had their shining moment, there wasn't one you just hated. Even the antagonists have some moments of their own, even if barely acceptable.
The music was okay, I liked some OSTs but to be honest some of the background music could be...offputting. Seriously, sometimes there were those perfectly dark, heavy scenes, but then they would throw a music that was the opposite. Thankfully the performances were good enough for one to quickly realize what the scene was really trying to tell.
Also, as an aspiring author and avid reader, I found the references and parallels to other works pretty good. Sometimes they would make me nostalgic like "oh, I've read it before" or make me laugh out loud (the Misery scenes haha). Really, it was a nice touch that makes you connect with what you are watching.
Overall, Chicago Typewriter is a must-watch for those who love a drama that has basically everything.
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Let me start saying I just love urban fantasy. There's something that really gets me hooked and makes me enjoy the way such supernatural and mudane elements can be mixed together. And this drama had a really good dosage of everything that makes a rom-com great.
The story is pretty simple to understand: spoiled good-for-nothing boy runs away from home for no reason other than well, being a spoiled good-for-nothing, then he accidentaly stumbles upon a temple where he meets and frees the gumiho, a historical fox demon who (supposedly) seduced men and ate their livers. Nothing uber original, but refreshing enough. Also, it was good to get to know some things about the gumiho legend, and it was fun to see how they added things and played with others when it came to the story.
Okay, now let me fangirl a bit or else I will regret it later: SHIN MIN AH!! I LOVED YOU IN THIS! Seriously, she was the great star of this show. I fell in love with her cuteness, her naivety and also she was a pretty refreshing female lead. For once we get someone who is not afraid of (althought in a more comic fashion) manipulating the main hero, sticking with him and never giving up yet be portrayed in such a light, cute and funny way. It was so refreshing to see her grow from a child-like entity to a more human, capable person. SMA's acting was just so natural that you actually believe every change Mi Ho has during the course.
Lee Seung Gi is really good on this too. I liked that his character developed and when he did so it was actually pretty believable. Also it's worth mentioning that he's very comic and different from other male leads as well, which makes a good contrast with Min Ah's character. These two have great chemistry, the drama is filled with memorable moments from them together.
I also REALLY liked the second couple. You must be already tired of reading the word "refreshing" and different" on this review, but when I say it, I really mean it. Not only they were fun, enjoyable characters on their own, but they also had good chemistry. It was so good to see an older couple being portrayed in such a light-hearted drama.
Another thing I loved about this drama was the music. Really, every character had their characteristic song, which ranged from the more upbeat ones to the more melancholic, almost bittersweet.
Well, everything I liked aside, I can't say I enjoyed everything on this drama. The secondary characters (mainly Dae Wung's peeps and his "noona") were rather flat and boring, it was like they were there only for the sake of being there. You could remove half of their scenes and nothing would change. Luckily it wasn't that much, and even the noona kind of redeemed herself by the end.
I also have mixed feelings towards Noh Min Woo's "villain". Or should I say, more of an antagonist. He was rather mysterious, but not well handled. You never really know what he wants, but nor you care at all. He is great eye candy I have to admit, but how he was handled was almost shameful. Seriously, if you want to make a mysterious villain, then don't make him uninteresting.
Overall it's a very good drama, one of my top ten of all time. You will laugh, cry and feel warm inside. It's a must see for drama lovers, but I think beginners or even those who never watched nor heard about kdramas can enjoy it a whole lot.
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This review may contain spoilersMuch more than a romance.
I must admit that at first I was taken aback in watching this show. I tried one time but ended skipping through the first episode then dropping to watch others. Now I look at myself and think: "Was I crazy that time?". Because that's the only explanation I can think of to skip such a great drama.
Queen In Hyun's Man is original, touching and pretty much everything you want in a drama. There's obviously romance and some comedy, but the plot is much more than your average rom-com, which is pretty refreshing if you ask me. This drama took a path that both surprised and amused me, if it were done in another way I think it could end up as being just another "meh" drama out there.
I really liked how they dealt with the whole time traveling plot, instead of going for the obvious and transporting the MC to the future then trying to go back, they used it not as a mere plot starter, but the main reason to keep it moving. Very clever of them because it allows us not only to watch a modern day drama, but a Joseon era one as well. Two in one.
In regards of acting and characters I have to say Yoo In Na impressed me on this one. The last drama I watched with her, her character/acting didn't impress me at all(just so you know I'm talking about You Who Came From The Stars). But here she shows a very different side of her, playing one of the most unique female leads. Finally a girl who takes the initiative here!! Obviously she wasn't all that perfect, but I think it was just that that made her so watchable and refreshing. Also, In Na finally gained her own 300+ hot scholar haha
Another one that impressed me was Ji Hyun Woo. I liked him in Angry Mom but he was far from one of my favorite actors, now that I watched this drama he suddenly became an actor I'd like to watch more. Not only he is good at acting, but he is great eye candy (which, let's be honest, is a huge plus when we are watching a drama)
I liked the music as well. It was good and not too over the top, bringing feels to the romantic moments, fun to the comedic ones and sadness to the sad ones. It was competent yet far from perfect.
Maybe my only complaint is in regards to the end. Beware of some mild *spoilers* ahead!!
It could've ended earlier actually, giving perfect closure and a heartwarming finishing moment. Actually for a minute I thought that it was the actual ending, but then I saw that it had more episodes. Not that the actual ending was that terrible, it had some loose ends and lack of logic, but it was satisfying for those who favor happier, sugary endings.
But since I'm not afraid of more tragic ones, I felt that the solution to it all felt a little...strange. Also, it would be even more epic if it ended more tragically, leaving an even better impression on me. However I see that the writers decided to go for the easier/lighter path...or else the ending could be even more hated/contested. What really bugged me though was why they had to continue even though everything was pretty much solved.
That way they could've avoided the possibility of a tragic ending and fulfill the need for a happy one.
If it was any other drama, I would've given at least a 8 or 8.5, but I can overlook my dissatisfaction with those tiny things and give a solid 9.
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The story is original and unpredictable, however what really sucks you into are the characters. None of them is your typical hero or heroine. Obviously there's still a drawn line between protagonist and villlain, but you won't find perfectly moral and just people who always fight for the right. And that's what makes it so interesting, the inner conflicts of each character and their relationships with others and the law as well.
Lee Bo Young does an incredible work with Jang Hye Sung. I'll admit that I had a problem with her character in the beginning, but as I started to see her layers I started to appreaciate, and even like her prickly yet quirky personality. Also, althought the first drama I watched with Lee Jong Suk left a bad taste on my mouth, I still managed to like his skill and his character as well. He did a good job.
Kudos for Yoon Sang Hyun who did a good job as Attorney Cha haha Sometimes he was irritating and obnoxious, but in the end we all knew he was a good person. He also was a good contrast with Hye Sung's detached (at first) approach to her job. As for Jung Woon In, his villain at first seemed kinda generic and uni dimensional, however as the episodes went by we start to see his real self and motives. Obviously nothing excuses what he did, but at least you feel bad for the guy and even shed some tears.
My only problems with this drama were only two: the lack of both romance and a good represation of law. I know I'm not an expert, but some things were kinda cringy to watch, especially coming from people who are, supposedly, impartial and unbiased. As for the romance, I admit I'm a huge sucker for fluffy and squee-worthy moments, but I can kind of understand since the main focus of drama seems to be on the law/mystery/thriller aspect. Still, the small amount of moments was good.
Also, I don't have a problem with age gap, and even if you have don't worry too much because that isn't even the focus (althought focusing more on it would be interesting for the drama).
The music was good but forgetable. I like OSTs that not only are good, but also make me want to download it and listen, hence the slightly low (compared to the other aspects) grade.
Overall it's a very good drama. Not my favorite, but good anyway and I guess I'll rewatch it one day, more than once actually. It has a good feeling to it despite it's heavy themes, so it's pleasant to watch.
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I think for many drama lovers the whole time travel plot is already getting old and overused. Longing Heart being no exception to the rule. However, even if unoriginal, LH deals with something we don't see that often: when past and present clash. That's maybe the only thing that dicerns this drama from many others with the same theme.
As a time travel drama, I wasn't convinced at all. The time issue was handled pretty messily, with many plot holes and certain issues I couldn't forget, for example I never really understood it's concept. It was like they ended up creating two timelines, but nothing was really explained or handled neatly. Also, how the characters reacted to all the time travel thing was...offputting to say the least. I don't think anybody would think something like: "Oh, I time traveled. How strange. Now let's get back to business".
However, the funny part about the whole thing is that the drama is, at times, self aware of it's own wackiness. Kudos for them to make some gags like that, but it doesn't totally excuse because the drama can't seem to either go into self parody territory nor a serious, heartwrenching plot.
As a romance, I was at the same time satisfied and slightly disappointed. Like I stated on the beginning of my review, it could've been shorter. Why? Because let's be honest. a lot of the real drama that happened only happened because two people couldn't get over themselves and talk about how they feel or have felt. Geez, actually while heartbreaking, it sometimes takes pathetic levels. I think some of the angst could be avoided, and the plot condensed a little bit.
But I will admit the drama has it's cute, fluffy and light parts. They tried to sell a friendship and they did. The group of friends is one of the most endearing parts of the drama. Their bond is believable, every character, althought not so well developed, had at least something that one could empathize and cheer for them. Not only that but their future counterparts adressed some pretty interesting topics that scare us while we grow up. Although the way some plots we simply solved, it was still good to have them addressed.
Also the side romances were cute too, each one ended with their destined one. A bit too fairy tale like for those more realistic, but an endearing add to the plot.
Another thing I liked was the chemistry between the MCs' past and current self. They could go from bash brothers to two dorks too pure for this world in a matter of seconds. I just wished there were more interactions between them. They had this strange father-son or older brother-younger one even though they were exactly the same person in different times.
Actually, if we think about it, this drama mixes and clashes pretty much many storylines: it has the good ol' boy-meets-girl love story, the student-teacher one, the past lovers one, and even shades of noona romance.
I must admit I didn't pay much attention to the soundtrack, for me it was forgetable to say the least, and I'm being generous on that.
If I would rewatch it? Well, if I have nothing to do, or nothing new and interesting to watch...then it may be an option. This drama, for me at least, is more of a "kill-time" drama.
Overall Longing Heart is VERY far from perfect, but it's still watchable and you'll find yourself liking it if you are one for romance. A good kill-time drama too, you can watch it without really worrying much about all the plot and just enjoy the ride.
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Bias aside, Park Bo Young is excellent here. She managed to deliver two characters in one, and not she only did that, but she made me feel for those two characters. I could easily close my eyes and still know who was who. She's not the only one shining on this drama though, Kim Seul Gi was also very good, like she is most of times, it's so sad that she doesn't have more leading roles, she has more talent than many leading actresses nowadays.
Also I was surprised by Jo Jung Suk, I had only seem him as a guest role in another drama (Legend of The Blue Sea) and saddly his appearence was too small to have a solid impression at all, so I was happy to accompain him from the beginning to end. Made me want to watch Jealousy Incarnate ASAP. And last but not least, I really liked Im Joo Hwa as well. His villain wasn't unforgetable, but it was like his acting could break the fourth wall, you know. People on the drama could feel something odd about him, as well as the viewers.
The story was also pretty original as far I know. Obviously it still has some traits that kdramas can't seem to let go of like the uber talented jerk-ish male lead, the dirty poor yet golden hearted female lead, the nagging mother-in-law and obviously a love triangle. However, unlike many other kdramas, OMG masterfully descontructs and turn into new things these same clichés. Even the love triangle is something completely original and well played.
I don't have that many complains about the show, I guess it's only major flaw was that it sometimes became boring and too slow. Not the good kind of slow, but just plainly slow. Due to this I was slow to finish, that's why I didn't give it a 9 (10 is only for the dramas that manage to touch me deep and only one has done it so far). That and I also felt that some drama on the last episodes could be avoided, also some plot points were a bit loose, and the villains backstory could be more elaborated.
Haha I ended up complaining a lot, but oh well.
The music was good, nothing more or less. I can't even remember it that well if I'm going to be honest.
Overall Oh My Ghostess is an entertaining ride. Not the most fun, not the most heartbreaking, not the most romantic, but good enough to make you like and watch it until the end.
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The Legend Of The Blue is that kind of drama you first watch and think: "I think I've seen something similar to that". After all this 'supernatural being meets everyday person' theme can be easily found anywhere, from eastern to western TV and movies. Also, it wasn't the first time the writer touched this subject, actually she did something similar with You Who Came From The Stars.
But even if not original, I liked it anyway. The Little Mermaid feels are strong on this one, and it's done on a very cute and emotional fashion. I also like the fact they basically told two stories at the same time and as the story progressed you could feel the links and similarities. The Joseon Era bits in the beginning gave a melodic, if not overtly fantastic feel for this show.
Ji Hyun once again amazes me with her acting. She's not afraid of being silly, not afraid of looking ugly or like a fool. The way she builds her character is genius. You can see that she's a naive, almost childlike mermaid who is totally new to everything, but being naive doesn't mean she's dumb, because she has her moments of quick thinking and overal awesomeness that gots you cheering and saying "you go girl". Also, it's funny to see her being the supernatural one this time, and starting to experience all kind of human emotions and feels.
Lee Min Ho is also really good here. I don't remember liking him this much in a drama since City Hunter. He makes a good character that is clearly sneaky and not trustworthy, that at the same time has a good heart and a cheery behaviour, he's not like those cold, emotionless peers we see left and right, which is refreshing. Other perfomances were also well done, I particularly liked Lee Hee Joon on this one, mostly because althought he looked perfectly normal and even cheerful on the outside, you never really knew what he was up to or which side he was really in.
Music is not really this drama strong point, but I liked it anyway.
I don't like to compare dramas at all, but I've noticed that the writer is not really good with handling villains. The one in The Legend of The Blue Sea and also the one from You Who Came From The Stars are...unidimmensional to say the least. They have no apparent reasons for being that, except for being "evil". And just being evil for the heck of it can be amusing, like in YWCFTS, but annoying like in TLOTBS.
Overall it's an interesting ride. Not as glorious as it tries to be, but still amusing on it's own right. Is it rewatchable? Yes, but not the kind you'll want to
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