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The Chaser
32 people found this review helpful
Jan 10, 2013
16 of 16 episodes seen
Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
i just made a very quick review just to give the chaser some advertisement
because its so unpopular..or lets say one of the mdl underrated of 2012. (seen only by 40 mdl users)

Expect not to see any eye candy on here and it was evident on the poster.
I think somebody who come across w/ this drama with an impression like this..

"ooh The chaser? hmm ahjussis?"
*reads synopsis
*looks on the cast
"oops theres no hottie nevermind lol"

Oh well..anyway

for anyone who likes another revenge drama should give this a chance.
It was very relatable with emphasis on importance of living w/ family.
If i would think of a drama that shares some similarity...hmm
Think of city hunter w/o a superhero thing and the rom com stuff and add
the movie "the Crucible" not exactly but just to show some idea.

i will give you some hints on how entertaining this is
- after the 1st episode there is no break on tension or a big pause on plot,
it keeps moving in a above average pace on first 60% of the drama,
- it was so complex and every character interwind in the plot/ very well deveveloped and no weak performance.
- the politics scheme is easy to follow as it really happening on real event.

The Story: It was compelling and there is so many situations/happening in an episode w/ no dull momnets but its up to you.
Since its only 16 episodes...its not so dragging if you spot one.

The Cast/Acting: lets us not so bias if there no fave actor in it but what important is the character developement
and the performance they made. The Main villain has to be one of the great one you will see in a dramaland that isnt annoying.
The Main lead is very relatable and his character will make you symphatize w/ him greatly.

Music: entertaining as what you could expect in a tense drama

Replay: there is a part of me that even i watched this isnt as entertaing as before since i got everything
from my first viewing, anyway it was a satisfying drama....w/ a fulfiliing conclusion as a whole but again its up to you =)

note: I heard this got Daesang award yay!

my other recommendation:

The Devil
Equator MAn
City Hunter

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Ice World
23 people found this review helpful
May 18, 2013
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.0
Ice World is the best of its kind according to me...and i'm not exaggerating.
Thanks for believing.

This is an investigative Drama in which Romance is not a throw in the window.

Unlike your everyday detective story (especially the episodic one), This one has only one case through out
and it doesn't rely on how genius or clever the Protagonist is... or how awesome they solve the case.

Its a kind of drama that needs character investment. Every twist the plot will give you will strike lightning in your emotion. Observe, feel, analyze, it was very enjoyable and involving.

I know many viewers will pass this up because of its oldness and unfamiliar cast and if some random user attempt to watch it will drop it once he/she mis-concept it as a boring drama since the atmosphere isn't the same as the one we everyday saw in this generation. But if You have some dedication to taste a somewhat unfamiliar will be rewarded BIGtime as this was a genuine drama that are so rare and original.


The first couple of scenes will give you an idea what the show will be going' and the first couple of episodes (which is somewhat slow but just need to build up the complexity of the characters).
It may somewhat buffles you especially for casual viewers..but after will have the sense of it after you see ".....!!" and it will start to hook you..till the end. with Mind blown included. You will appreciate it greatly.


They are all 3-dimensional, They are all ingredients of the story..if one of them is not there, the story will not be completed. All of them behave different.
Any change in their behavior as the plot progresses affects a lot of consequences.


The OST here are overwhelming
The variety of music pieces have a sense of subtlety which is mesmerizing that doesn't need a lyrics to tell what they mean and let say it has a SOUL.
The sounds often tells many things more than the words not only just there to accompany the scenes.
Some dramas often have "saranghe" songs which is somewhat generic but sounds great ..that uses over and over again which is sometimes cheesy and you will not see it here


I think this drama is even better when see the second time around.
You know already the twist but you will get a lot of reasoning after repeating.

-Has a Very Complex Plot
-Moderate pace but detailed
-All Characters you see has a 100% importance to the plot
(3 dimensional characters)
-OST are very varied and haunting
-Very replayable especially for its kind
-Realistic (some plot devices can be superficial)

-Old Drama
-Not Fast enough for casual
-Actors/Actress may not be familliar to you
-There is only one Song (OP)
-Some will think that a mystery drama has low replay value since you know what will happen the 2nd time around
-No Genius detective that uses more than 10% of their brain (this was proven a myth)
-no wacky moments out of nowhere (like we see in others of the same type)

My Enjoyment statistic
E01 8.5 / E02 8.0 / E03 9.0 / E04 10 / E05 9.5
E06 9.5 / E07 9.5 / E08 10 / E09 10 / E10 9.5 /E11 9.5

note: This is a Dark' Mystery Romance Drama but it is Moving.
There are less violence and not as disturbing as you think.

note2: I just put 9 on Cast and replay just you to notice how astonishing the 'story and the 'music is.
I really want to put 10s on all category in the first place.

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Memories of Matsuko
24 people found this review helpful
Dec 18, 2011
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
(temporary review by bokami)

whats in it?

1. best tragidramedy japanese movie that seen by bokami
2. this isnt a romcom but it looks like it
3. musical? (yes, but the musical scene is just for the

protagonist psychological POV)..hmm metaphor?

5. its long but very fast pacing...and no scene was boring from

5mins onward to end
6. it have a yum yum puzzling story and once you combine will get an emotinal overflow

7. only ironman will not like this

8. the storytelling is nonlinear so confusion will rise if your a

fan of clche and straightforward spoonfeed kind of plots

9. Eyecandy cinematoraphy,,,,,is uber in this

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You Are the Apple of My Eye
31 people found this review helpful
Mar 29, 2012
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
This movie kinda reminds me of the thai movie " A Crazy Little Things Called Love" and a bit of "American Pie"

I think this is my first time that I watched a Taiwanese film.
I read somewhere that this film were a phenomenal hit in their country and in Hongkong too if i'm not mistaken.

After watching several romance flick recently which often left me disappointed or just see them average, finally this one has an edge. Enjoyable, sympathetic and realistic with some exaggerated presentation.

The story is based on true story which i give it a plus. The plot were simple enough but full of substance and disturbing scenes lol. Spoiler Alert!! one will die ehehe, there is no pathetic scenes or sudden scenes of twist from nowhere, everything is real and everybody can relate especially "boys".

PS: The film was based on the school life experience of the writer/director himself. ^^

PS2: (= my score rating may adjust in the future, pls comment if you find it not that accurate thank you =)

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Hearty Paws
13 people found this review helpful
Nov 30, 2011
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Pls. dont read synopsis/trailers/reviews in has spoilers

PS: To avoid crying, keep repeating...its only a movie..its only a movie.. its only a a movie x10

This is probably "the best film with dogs in it" ive seen..and its probably better than the film "Hachiko" even its a true story. (oops...but Hachiko's ending is one of a kind)

note: the above is just a bit exagerated by me

The dog alone should probably win best actor award :)

This movie is cute but heavy in scenarios and emotions and sometimes unpredictable because often suspenseful and touching that even a person with a metal heart will melt.

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Key of Life
10 people found this review helpful
Oct 15, 2013
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
My faith in Japanese movie is back!

Actually I'm kinda lost interest in watching movies from japan
I know there are many great movies from them especially classic ones but just recently or these several years it was just a hit or miss or just acceptably great.

Okay, I think "Key of Life" was the most enjoyable Japanese film that made from the last 3 years that I encountered as for now and i will see some more and hopefully just as satisfying.

The movie itself is a combination of comedy/crime/slice of life.
The comedy isn't exaggerated and relies on coincidence circumstances that really works well and funny. The story is minimalistic and easy to relate. No overly complicated plot but simply complex enough and i find it smart w/ smile on my face.

The two main characters are very good actors (you are familiar with them and you often see them in dramas). The interaction is the strongest point. There were not much talk unlike other comedy but shows more character action for situations.

I will not say anything about the music since there was only few in certain scenes but sometime silence is effective.

Try this movie and I think it's not that hard to like and very relatable regardless of taste. You may find it not groundbreaking but I'm sure its impossible to hate.

100% spoiler free and I didn't say much but see it for yourself.

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Little Girl K
10 people found this review helpful
Oct 10, 2011
3 of 3 episodes seen
Overall 8.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
Think of City Hunter minus all the romance portion and compress it to 3 episodes but more violent and bloody and you get a fast paced intense action(lots) thriller with decent amount of drama and enough story with no dull moments until the end.
Story: B+ the core story is not too complex but the way it shows the scenarios and suspense are epic... cool^^.
Acting/Cast: A- i think the actors/and actresses there are all not so popular but they played their role spectacularly/ i give them a plus point^^.
Music: B+ the bgm that creates the ambiance are creepyish^^ and thrilling but often presented it in a cool way when actions starts..... (but no song).
Rewatch Value: A- if you like theme... replay is high because its short and not tedious while its fun all the way.
Overall: B++ It has a quality like a movie and maybe even better than some action flick movie but one thing is really true...its cooooool ps: it is rated 19 but who cares
summarize: (in terms of how often it has these)

drama: 2.5/5
comedy: 1.5//5
romance: 1/5
action: 5/5
suspense: 4/5

Ps: my first review/ idk if i will follow the description value of each score in mdl style or in my own personal point of view :(
(im sad edit button for revising a review)

edited: Sept 26, 2013

Enjoyment: ****
- great

Story: ***
- straightforward
- action oriented
- cool

Characters: ***
- acting was great
- but they are predictable

Music ***
- there was no songs i think
- the background music was good for ambiance

Replay ****
- easy to watch again
- since it was only 3 episodes

PS: I somewhat edited the ratings :)

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The New World
11 people found this review helpful
Jul 19, 2013
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
What made me watch The New World?

1. Choi Min Sik (one of the best ajjeoshi actor in movie industry)
2. Read somewhere that this was inspired by the movie Infernal Affairs (Hongkong film) and The Godfather(Hollywood Film)
3. It gross big in korean cinema

(spoiler free)

When you saw the both movie i mentioned, you will get the idea on what to expect on the movie even though i think The New World isn't on par with those movies, it still has its own style that will make you wow on some parts and deliver some amazingness in your face =)

The movie isn't really confusing and it was easy to follow but needs some patience to understand whats going on and there's a twist here and there and it was solid with a tight plot.

Strong perfomance, no weak acting, nice build up with payoff and some brutalness but nothing to be afraid of.

Brilliant gangster movie .. Horray!! ^^

thanks for reading my quick short review \o/

note: (subject to edit for elaboration)

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12 people found this review helpful
Dec 26, 2011
20 of 20 episodes seen
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
(will edit soon)


whats in it?
1. its look like CSI but its not, plot progress fast with lots of thrills and twist.
2. scenarios are energetic..
3. almost zero romance
4. casting is not awesome and also no eyecandy to peep on... but i think they act atleast above average
5. death troll is high ^^ expect the unexpected
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War of the Arrows
9 people found this review helpful
Dec 3, 2011
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Temporary review by bokami (might create new one soon)

Whats in it?
1. Bow fights like crazy
2. nonstop fast pace scenarios
3. eye candy? ---> cinematography was great/ some action scenes maight give you dizzyness
4. it ends awesome

oh well...hope someone will give a better review ^^

(/-_・)/D・・・・・------ → (;/゜o゜)/
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4 people found this review helpful
Nov 30, 2011
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
This is probably the best 2011 movie i've seen including non asian films.

The film have a very very flesh out characters ..well developed and most of all its impossible that no one can't relate to them also they have their own personalities that you can differentiate and maybe you can distinguish yourself among them ^^

The movie has a very smooth pacing that never drags. Every detail, every scenario, every person has to say which is almost perfect.

Best friendship theme based film period.
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7 people found this review helpful
Sep 7, 2013
Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
this is it!!

Maybe my favorite Detective-Thriller Film in the last 3 years.
(in terms of release dates)

[99% Spoiler-free]

This film will make "the Gifted Hands" or "Confession of Murderer" will looks like Justin Bieber in comparison.
(sorry Justin for using your name TT)

But anyway, comparing to both of them even combined are not even on the same league. (i find "The Gifted hand" a bit overrated and Confession of Murderer an enjoyable cornyness)

To give you an overview on how great it was,
I think its as awesome as the first episode of Special Affairs Team TEN in story department more or less depend on your subjective viewing.

I just overrate the story a 10 just to make an attention but still overwelming for me because i've watched the movie on the spot w/o hype or anything.

The movie starts with a bang w/o letting you go, I thought at first it will sacrifice character development for the sake of fast pacing but i'm wrong (bad bokami ^^)

But expect a lot of intriguing sequences w/o corny scenario and overacting chessyness.

Also, what i love about is that the villain wasn't that easy to beat.

I don't like lame/non smart antagonist :P

ps: tell me if i'm a bit rude, and i will put out the name of justin bieber


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Grave Of The Fireflies
12 people found this review helpful
Dec 23, 2011
Overall 3.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 3.0
Music 3.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
just a quick rage review... (this is for those who have watched the two former versions of GOTFF)

i will make a more believable review soon..

1. from my ultra POV, this is an uber lame attempt to capture or remake the intensity of the story that showed by the ghibli movie.

2. very pathetic movie... the actors doesnt make an effort in doing their best and they looks like they are just reciting the script.

3. the tv special of GOTFF is more movie like than this film

4. Im sorry for those who gave this version a 10/10...

5. feel free to object and i think i will get "not helpful"

ps: my favorite scene in the original were borifying epicfailness on this.

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My Boss, My Hero
6 people found this review helpful
Dec 30, 2011
10 of 10 episodes seen
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
MBMH Fans are quite scary ^^V

i feel kinda satisfied and disappointed at the same time..

although its funny throughout and remain slapstick all the way...
the dramatic moment is kinda cheesy for the sake of presenting lesson to audience.

the story is predictable but it is intended as it focus on giving the audience laughter and lessons

ps: add 1 to 2 points overall if you really like comedies more than anything else ^^
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Time Traveller
3 people found this review helpful
Dec 29, 2011
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

one of the most boring romance film ive seen (ok not really)

the moe girl didnt save this decent film from being so badly pace piece of low budget medium of entertainment...

(negative comment...come to me ^.^)

time travel theme is the kind of stuff that i really really interest with..(ive seen dozens of time themed films..and this is the worse)
(i actually watch this coz ive seen the awesome anime which is actually the direct sequel or spiritual sequel and this is a prequel whatever....this film is the third remake or second adaption of a certain novel)

my rant

1. acting is so so trying hard school play
2. the love story in this is soso fake and force which really doesnt exsist

3. pace is slower than snail/ no big deal really happening except for the force scenarios

4. the climax is cliche as going to hell
5. the ending is fine
6. very very predictable...
7. heartwarming scene is fake
8. if you find this poo wanna be film exciting and suprising with many many twist....bring a calculator and count it and tell me how many.
ps: this is my 2nd rage review ^w^ (will edit soon without rudeness)

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