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pammo1949

Melbourne, Florida

pammo1949

Melbourne, Florida
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Rush to the Dead Summer
11 people found this review helpful
Jul 13, 2017
46 of 46 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 3.0
This was a story of nostalgia for older viewers, If you have finished high school and gone on to college and beyond you can reflect about all of the missed moments, friendships, hardships, missteps and challenges. Life's lessons as a young inexperienced person dealing withe the reality of a cruel older world of greed and thoughtlessness. The writer/director started out with this amazing story - almost like sweet ice cream - each episode had a moment or moments of life's reflections - almost wanted to re-watch with a diary to write down these life's lessons. However, in the end they fail to keep the sweetness of the drama - it melts onto the ground near the end and you feel sorry you bought the ice cream, Disappointment was all I felt in the last 6 episodes -- but the initial 40 have redeemable value for anyone to watch. I always wonder whether anyone watches these things before they show them to the public -- You have two main characters then what is the purpose of making them just shadows in the story line near the conclusion. Felt ripped off after so much time invested and the anxiousness of running each day to make sure I saw the two episodes released before I watched anything else.

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The King's Woman
12 people found this review helpful
Oct 7, 2017
48 of 48 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.5
This drama was one of my top 10.   I have read many reviews and comments and I realize that we comment based on our life experiences and expectations.  When this drama began - no expectations.  For me a lot of good-looking actors and great slow motion sword and martial arts scenes.  As I watched I began to realize that this starts as an obsessive romance drama but the underlying story is really the history of the First Emperor of China.  The King's woman was only a fictional backdrop to telling a story about a tragic time in history but one of the most important times in Chinese History.   It became an opportunity to educate myself about that timeframe.  The writers and producers tried to keep historical incidents and facts accurate and the costumes were just breathtaking for recreating a period more than 2100 years ago,   To film 48 episodes pacing, backstories, jealousy, 2nd male lead syndrome all played a part but was not overdone.   Palace life among concubines and consorts was not exaggerated when you read Chinese history.   I watched without subs and with subs in great anticipation each week of the coming story.   I was saddened - most Chinese dramas are that way.   However, the sadness came more from reflection later after I traced the King's Woman's life story throughout the drama.    Beyonce sings this song "If I was a boy"  -- that is just how I felt at the end for Li'er.

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Too Late to Say I Love You
4 people found this review helpful
Jan 27, 2017
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
After watching parts of General and I have begun to marathon dramas with Wallace Chung. This drama was a hidden jewel. The story never dragged, it featured common themes of love, betrayal, revenge and tragedies of war but throughout it was a moving love story that was beautifully told and filmed. It was a complete drama filled with the consequences of obsessed love triangles. There were times when you became emotionally attached to the characters and this is a good sign that the story is effectively being told and the actors are good. Witnessed one of the best drama kisses ever -- later in this 36 episode. A very adult story told in an adult manner. Glad I can find some of the older dramas and enjoy the quality and historical framing of the writers. A little bit of history to study.

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The Imperial Doctress
4 people found this review helpful
May 14, 2016
50 of 50 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
50 episodes in 3 days required a lot of interesting scenes and side stories. This drama was loosely based on historical facts as the background for story telling but not historical accuracy. Had the writers stuck to historical facts with a little puff the drama would have been a 10. The underlying story of a fictional female daring to become a doctor in ancient China and the societal backlash was interesting. Hardships and pain were expected and the viewer is definitely drawn into her life which is almost pitiful -- except for the love interests she garners along the way. The acting is credible but writers tend to always give strong females an IQ under 100 when it comes to logical thought processing. Mothers are always "evil" and "daughters are either pitiful or just too kindhearted to think intelligently. Smart enough to be a doctor but dumb when it comes to institutional analysis and responses. Yes the drama reverts to a pure romance in the end but it still retains value for continued viewing. The ending is not a disappointment and was satisfying. worth viewer time.

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Cruel Romance
4 people found this review helpful
Mar 16, 2016
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
Just a warning. This drama has the most luscious male lead I have seen in a drama. That said I felt the rest of the cast lacked the chemistry and skills to make the story lines work You almost begin to hate the people around him (save two sidekicks). There are some unexplained transitions, unrealistic transitions and most of all the cruel part is generally watching each episode waiting for the writers to stop doing flashbacks to fill up time. I am new to Chinese dramas - trying to transition from K dramas after watching Nirvana with Hu Ge but I am not giving up. 40 episodes is too many for weak story lines. Watch it if you are just bored.

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Love's Lies
3 people found this review helpful
Jun 18, 2018
44 of 44 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 4.5
I feel like a Monday morning quarterback writing a summary of my feelings again. Another Chinese drama that starts off with so much potential and a talented male lead actor, but unable to find a pathway to credibility or viewer satisfaction with the outcome. First, the story, -- It had a fairy tale feel in the midst of a very serious subject - drug trafficking. Most of the plot was unbelievable and the viewer typically abandons -- but I am always hopeful that there will be a point of redemption with a story this complicated yet written as if the viewer is simple minded. The acting - tortured because of the female lead. The first time I watched a drama and wanted the lead eliminated violently and early. Poor casting of the leads in this drama. The music was okay - repetitive OST for opening., not a drama that would be infused with music. Wouldn't recommend re-watching. Overall, would not recommend this drama unless you have time to waste. If you have already started watching and invested more than 75% of your time, , I do recommend finishing it so you will understand why you should always wait for some genre's of drama to be completed and reviewed before diving in -- it is called the river of no return.

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The Innocent Man
4 people found this review helpful
Apr 28, 2016
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Watched again (saw in 2014) after watching DOTS. It kept coming up after every completed episode on VIki so I said -- why not. The intensity of this drama and the level of misunderstandings that can cause heartbreak can only be measured by the tears you shed watching. Love that both female leads are flawed to the core and the male leads are "macho" protectionist of these flawed women. Although the title is "Innocent" I find that a misnomer as the drama progresses. Each episode is addictive so you will watch and watch praying for positive outcomes in negative situations. What is most fascinating is how the drama ending. I found it to be a good ending --- for a K drama it is a very good ending comparatively. The actors are all good and the music is not overwhelming but drives the intensity and moods of each scene. Good drama.

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On The Way To The Airport
3 people found this review helpful
Nov 11, 2016
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
The question of whether love is fated or love is driven by circumstances is realistically portrayed in this drama. What I love is the step by step decision making that goes into the separation and the divorce and the natural attraction of the leads. This wasn't a lust drama but one of mutual respect for the person that is the object of affection. One of the most satisfying endings for a K drama that usually spoils the ending withe the contrite attempts to redeem characters so everyone has a feel good experience. In real life and in this drama responsibility is the main theme. Responsibility to marriage, children and to self are all analyzed in unique ways. Tolerance and intolerance are so explored. Worth watching again and I thank the writers for seeing this drama through to a mature adult ending not some make believe fairy tale ending.

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The Rise of Phoenixes
2 people found this review helpful
Nov 27, 2018
70 of 70 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.5
Story: Like all Chinese dramas with multiple characters throughout you must download a Playbook. I always use a cheat sheet I print from Wikipedia to follow the entry and exit of most characters with a brief description of their roles so I can follow. This allowed me to truly appreciate the quality of storytelling and the writer's intent. This drama was very complex to watch so it requires your full attention to almost every scene (I had to do multiple rewinds even if I looked down or away for a moment). Drawing the viewer's interest required me to become invested in the outcome of each character and emotionally committed. There were plenty of emotional moments for me and the ending did not disappoint (but could be predicted). This in no way took away from the quality of the drama. I must also add liked the costumes and cinematography.

Acting: Superior acting skills infused a sense of reality to this drama - I almost felt it was a historical piece - but had to remind myself constantly this was fictional. The family conflicts, the depth of love and romance was magnetic - either polar or attractive but all actors did a great job fulfilling the role of their characters without a feeling of - "this isn't right."

Music: I am always annoyed by music that overwhelms the drama or that is inappropriate for a scene. However, there were periods of time that the music was almost a lullaby. It soothed the soul and when needed it led the viewer into a transitional period for emotional changes - romance or conflict. The composer did a good job - only wish the subbers would have translated some of the lyrics. At one point the music was so outstanding I replayed the scene just to close my eyes to listen to the music.

Rewatch Value: Not something I would say rewatch. This is too time-consuming - took me 10 days of marathoning this drama to enjoy it. Plus, I would only recommend marathoning this drama because of the complexity and details of storytelling and the highs and low ebbs of the storyline. I usually watch 6-8 dramas weekly but they had to be delayed or relegated to my evenings only so that I would be consumed watching this drama.

Overall: we all have our preferences. Always love lots of romance in any drama but the writer focuses only on romance as a backdrop not the substance of the "phoenixes". I am glad I watched because I enjoyed every minute, was never disappointed and after 10 days not regretting the fact that my life was "paralyzed" watching and reading every subbed line to fully enjoy. Not everyone's cup of tea but for me - I give it a 9.5 because I really enjoyed the substance of the story the movement of the plot - always forward - never stuck in reruns of memories and there was a probable ending (not like many Chinese wuxia, romance historical dramas currently being produced)

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TV Novel: Waves, Waves
2 people found this review helpful
Sep 4, 2018
143 of 143 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 3.5
Story 4.5
Acting/Cast 3.5
Music 4.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
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I don't know where to start but I will give it a try.
ACTING -- Plastic, repetitive, unemotional, forced and just bad. Tedious repetition of same lines, same outcomes and impossible resolutions of problems. Acting was just merry-go-round pronunciation of the same or similar lines or facial expressions. The baby stretched out on the blanket was the best actor throughout.

STORY - I routinely watched this drama in the morning and the story was so unrealistic and condescending to human intelligence that I felt like an idiot watching this mess. They even extended it 23 more episodes which was a trigger to drop but after 60 hours - I just went into fast-forward mode to the end. A 26 mile marathon running with bad knees.
MUSIC -repetitive music every episode with singers at a cabaret. It was just plain annoying after a while.
REWATCH - not in my lifetime.

I have had bad luck watching daily dramas recently. They are becoming the worse of the worse with the dullest writers and actors. Simply they should try to write an outstanding 60 episode drama then divide it in half., timewise. What is happening is the substance of these daily dramas seem to fill up 30 episodes and they stretch and stretch until the viewers are hooked or frustrated trying to learn the ending which is always unrealistic or totally disappointing.

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Warriors of the Dawn
2 people found this review helpful
Mar 21, 2018
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
I stumbled across this title watching a youtube video about 2017 Korean movies. I almost didn't watch it because of the previous reviewer. However, like life - we all have different prospectives. What made me rate this a solid "9" was the adaptation of a story focusing on two central characters - Prince Gwanghae and the team of loyalist fighting for the survival of their country. There was no CGI just pure natural scenery and the cinematography was excellent. The fighting didn't require wire work - just your realistic fighting during war and conflict. When added to the cause and effect of their budding relationships out of necessity, the writer and director solidly weaved the growth of both characters - the team and the prince. Loyalty is what this drama is about -- what are you willing to die for? What do you believe in? The people of Korean ancestry have made lots of sacrifices to call themselves Koreans and this drama is just a small recollection of the past challenges faced. When I cry at the end - I know I know I have been moved -- and I was deeply moved by the synergy of two classes under pressure.

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48-ninme no Chuushin
2 people found this review helpful
Jan 6, 2018
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
I started watching this drama more than 6 months ago - it was different from many historical dramas and focused on a female lead during the period Samurai's reigned in Japan -- definitely unique.  However, subbing was so slow I became frustrated and gave it up -- but checked weekly to see if any progress in the area of subbing.   Finally, in 2018 my dream came true - all 20 episodes were subbed.  I watched without subs having no idea what was going on but the story just seemed appealing.   The story -  very unique and it spans a significant portion of the female leads younger life-- every emotion you can name can be attributed to her but the drama really focuses on "clan loyalty."     Once you start watching you can't stop -- in the end -- I felt a lingering sadness for this character.   This is not an action drama but a romantic story that moves your heart.  In the end, I researched the purposes of a Shogun and the governmental system during the 17th century.  It is best to marathon if possible because there are so many characters and week by week it is easy to forget their role in the drama ---  worth every minute watching and felt this should have been translated immediately and shared on many more streaming sites.  One of the top historical dramas with a focus on a woman -- a capable one.

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Kill Me, Heal Me
2 people found this review helpful
Jan 3, 2018
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This was 2018 rewatch -- reminded of it after trying to watch the Seven Faced Man -- and comparing the story.   I could not get Ji Sung's incredible acting and the impact it made on me emotionally when I viewed it the first time in 2015.  Watching week by week you sometimes forget the incredible scenes and storyline.  However, marathoning this drama just reminded me of why I believe this will be my all-time top K drama.    Acting - children and adults -- over the top good;   Editing -- perfect;  Music -- exceptional -- I don't buy music at my age but I downloaded the song Hallucinations to play when I'm walking.   It is one of my all-time favorites.  The best part of this drama is the creativity of the story -- not a dull moment -- a full story from beginning to end.   A story with mixed emotions - you laugh out loud -- a lot,  and you cry buckets of tears along the way.     There were so many life's lessons shared in this drama that you almost need a notepad to keep track.  I am still trying to watch Seven Faced Man -- but like most remakes of outstanding dramas they will continually be compared and the bar was set to high with Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-Eum and Park Seo-Joon casts as lead actors.  A good rewatch for the New Year's weekend.

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The Last Revenge
2 people found this review helpful
Mar 23, 2017
1 of 1 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.5
This was an educational/moral/spiritual action film -- the viewer has to decide what is right and what is wrong - then judge everyone along the way. A transition from the rule of samurai clans to modern day statutes and rules and legal system. The best word is driven--- and it is this behavior that drives the momentum of the movie. The fun is putting yourself in the protagonist shoes. All kinds of moralistic questions will float in your head. Loved it and worth the time to view.
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Summer's Desire
2 people found this review helpful
Jun 3, 2016
14 of 14 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 5.5
14 episodes --so it wasn't hard to watch over a 2 day period. The problem with this drama is the casting. Sometimes it is okay to cast older actors in roles but clearly 5 years from high school made these characters unbelievable - especially in maturity. Very adult story -- there is just no one to love in this complex and convoluted storytelling of lost and reclaimed love. The music was good and the ending was not boring - actually the viewer could not predict the ending - tragic or happy. That was the driving force for continued viewing.
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