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Tsulaa

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The Divine Fury
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Dec 18, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
Yeah, maybe I just don't need to go that deep when it comes to exorcism movies because I had a grand old time with this one! I have to say, I thought the actors who played the afflicted did a great job acting possessed. They, that crawly shadow thing, & that column of "OMFG-I-truly-hope-THAT-thing-doesn't-exist!" at the end were all pretty creepy! Think about it...a writer actually envisioned that thing...had it bouncing around in their brain pan! Yeesh! No thank you!

Other reviewers mentioned the lack of character development &/background stories, but I thought enough was done to make me care about them, or at least want to continue watching them. The actors were talented enough to carry the story without needing to rely heavily on history. Would I have liked to learn more about Ji Shin's (Woo Do Hwan's) backstory, & how he came to be the HOTTEST paragon of evil in Seoul? Absolutely, but I didn't feel the plot required it in order for me to feel satisfied. I think it's safe to assume he'd been through some s**t, tho.

Park Seo Joon's athleticism was a joy to watch. He did a great job overall. My only beef with his role was his insistence that he didn't believe in a god, which was addressed. As an atheist, myself, I can't really get pissed off at something in which I don't believe, & it was very clear Yong Hoo was furious! I mean, I get why they wrote his character like that. This was a Good v. Evil/God v. Devil movie, after all. At least they didn't resort to the "Well, He believes in YOU, Son" zinger.

Bottom line, I was thoroughly entertained!

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SKY Castle
1 people found this review helpful
Nov 25, 2019
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
It's not going to seem like it while reading this review, but I'm actually a big fan of this show! In fact, I think it's a very important series.
Although I was really into this drama, due to the very difficult subject matter, as well as the many despicable characteristics of many of the main AND support roles , I feel I have to admit I found it somewhat exhausting.
At one point, I went to check which episode I was watching, thinking (hoping?) I was nearing the series' conclusion, only to discover I was still early into Ep. 15! I had that PLUS five more episodes to go! I wouldn't judge anybody watching this series if they decided they needed to take some breaks. There's a lot of serious, heavy stuff with which to contend!
There was a relentless, revolving door of issues such as physical & mental abuse, greed, devastation, suicide, oppression, corruption, jealousy, fear, class prejudice, shame...all orbiting around the immense pressures of the current, Korean education system.
In parallel with the problems of the aforementioned education system, you see much of the same happening to the adults both at work & in their personal lives.
After reading what I just wrote, even I find it hard to believe that I enjoyed this series, but I really did! I was invested early into the story, into the characters, & it continued for the duration.
I guess there were enough instances of more positive things such as compassion, patience, reason, humor, perseverance, justice, redemption, forgiveness, kindness, etc. to keep all of the negative aspects from drop kicking me "This. Is. Spartacus"-style into the abyss of "Humans freaking SUCK!"
I think this is an important series. It confronts important issues, & it well deserves being seen.

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The K2
1 people found this review helpful
Nov 24, 2019
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 5.5
A highly enjoyable political-based, action drama! Ji Chang Wook was truly the highlight of this show, & that's saying something given how great so many of the other characters were! Rather than the others in the main cast, I enjoyed most of the supporting cast members' performances even more. The fight scenes were EVERYTHING! Then again, Ji Chang Wook would look amazing just making a peanut butter & jelly sandwich so they weren't risking much there!
I can't stress enough how, if you enjoy fight scenes, you can't go wrong with this series!
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Possessed
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28 days ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Before you allow all of those low-number reviews to convince you this series isn't worth your time, I humbly, yet vehemently, request that you start watching anyway, then decide.

Aish! How do I persuade you to take that leap without littering this review with spoilers? I fear my eloquence will be lacking; however, as is demonstrated throughout this series, being at a disadvantage is no excuse for not attempting something worthwhile.

I very much enjoy stories with a strong, supernatural element, & this delivers, but I believe the story would have even worked without it. I'm not saying the supernatural stuff was a problem in this series. Not at all; however, it's just that the struggle of Good v. Evil, no matter in what one believes (or not), is a basic aspect of our reality as thinking, action-oriented beings. That "human-ness" was constructed in such a way that it carried everything else on it's back, & it was a strong foundation on which to build. It didn't stagger or become breathless under the story's weight.

The actors, too, rose to the challenge. My only real complaint (although it was mere irritation) was something with which I struggle in many a drama, & that is the unnecessary, exaggerated/extra, wacky, supporting character types so often inserted for comedic relief. When used appropriately, it can enhance the story. While this was intense enough to need those moments of relief, I believe a more sophisticated touch was called for. And it wasn't as if it would have been out of their reach since most of the characters were written SO well; lovingly, even! It was a bit of a shame they chose take those other, few, important characters in that direction. No fault to those, specific actors. They were "just drawn that way."

I came to care about the people in this story...the people in this world they created. Everybody. Even the unseen, imagined ones living throughout other parts of the planet. Did I get my wish of a prettily-packaged, happily ever after (for which we Westerners are often accused to have a penchant)? I know which way the scales are leaning for me, but is anything in life really that cut & dry? My real wish is that, I hope, if you've chosen to watch "Possessed" based on anything I've written, you can say the same thing for yourself at the end.

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Rough Play
0 people found this review helpful
Dec 17, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
While I enjoyed the characters, the acting (very much!), & the story from the start, I didn't feel the same way about the pacing of the movie. I quickly began to feel as if *I* was a punching bag. It was relentless; making the title "Rough Play" quite apropos, indeed.

If this was the director's intention, he hit the bullseye. It felt uncomfortable. I mean, that's okay & all, but it was like being thrown the bones without much meat left on them. I found myself wanting more of an opportunity to be immersed into the scenes & into the characters themselves. To linger a bit, & connect with something or somebody. From beginning to end, it was like watching complete strangers, & while the characters were compelling, there was no invitation to learn about them in any kind of depth. I didn't know them any better by the end of the movie than I did at the beginning, & it left me feeling unsatisfied. Again, that's okay, too...but I still wanted more.

I wouldn't say this is a "bad" movie at all, though. Oh, wait! I know what it reminds me of! An old, wooden roller coaster! You get jostled & thrown around, slammed, it's bumpy as Hell & LOUD! She's certainly not as pretty as the new, quicksilver coasters of today, but she has her charms. When the ride is over, you definitely feel like you've been through something.

The intensity, which comes swirling at you from every direction...the pacing, the story, the world, the characters (most certainly the main character, Oh Young/Lee Joon), combines & morphs into it's own entity. It doesn't think to ask for permission, & it does NOT like being ignored.

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Pretty Li Hui Zhen
0 people found this review helpful
Nov 24, 2019
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
*Please read my update below*
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Maybe this series just wasn't my "cup of tea," so-to-speak. Maybe I was simply unable to bridge some kind of (pop?)cultural/mindset gap? Given the overall, very high rating, I think that I missed something really important (No, not a soul...Geez!).

Besides the intangibles, I just couldn't seem to give a hoot about two main characters: Di Li Re Ba (Li Huizhen), who's obtuseness I found highly irritating, & Sheng Yi Lun (Bai Haoyu), who was downright unlikable; the very opposite of what he was supposed to be!

The dubbed audio was clumsy & off-putting; like much of the dialog & performances, unfortunately. The main exceptions were Vin Zhang (Lin Yimu), Li Xi Rui (Xia Qiao), Wang Hi Nan (Zhu Ying), & Wang Xiao (Lin Hao). They delivered. So did the sets & scenery, now that I think about it.

The whole thing was kind of "meh." I should have paid more heed to my reaction to the summary, & left well enough alone. Disappointing!

UPDATE: Although my feelings about this particular series remain unchanged, I do feel the need to mention how my opinion regarding the audio quality has.

Recently, I was firmly -yet politely- schooled on some of the reasons why the audio is the way it is, & I'm embarrassed by my prior ignorance. I truly had no idea about the many different dialects commonly found throughout China, nor the challenges which often arise as a result. Simply learning the "why" has given me the ability to enjoy the many wonderful stories in a way I could not in the past.

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Thirty But Seventeen
0 people found this review helpful
Nov 24, 2019
32 of 32 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
Although I found certain aspects of this series' plot development irritating/frustrating, eventually, I just let it go; deciding to simply enjoy a good old rom/com kdrama show. I was already well over half way in at that point anyway. Truth be told, this genre isn't one in which I dabble very often. I only started watching this series, in particular, because of Yang Se Jong, who is currently starring in "My Country: The New Age," & I like what he brings to it. Luckily, I really enjoyed the rest of the cast, too!
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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
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Nov 23, 2019
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
"Strong Woman Do Bong Soon" has just about everything one could ask for in a drama: Romance, Comedy, Thriller/Suspense, Cop/Detective, Supernatural, Martial Arts, a small helping of Medical, & even a few scenes with a Historical element. Normally, such a hodgepodge of genres would result in a muddled, muddy mess; however, each aspect is done very well; more than capable of eliciting tears, smiles, feelings of happiness, anticipation & anxiety, & more laughter than some straight up comedies! The actors are incredible, but that's pretty much a given in regards to K-drama, imo. Still, I appreciate how dedicated they are to their craft.
Bottom line, I don't think one could go wrong watching this series! I bet you'll be hooked after a couple of episodes, at most!

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The King and the Clown
0 people found this review helpful
Nov 23, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Everything, even those elements which are tragic, have been treated with such sensitivity it made my heart ache. Such compassion for the human condition is a rare find. The actors' performances were stunning. It didn't even feel like there were any extras on set it was so seamless!
I've watched A LOT of Kdramas in between now & five years ago when I first saw this film, & it remains my #1 favorite. Given the quality of Kdrama, in general, being at the top is a truly remarkable feat, indeed! This should be a "Definitely Watch!"
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