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Designated Survivor: 60 Days
59 people found this review helpful
Aug 25, 2019
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.5
I don't generally care for political or conspiracy dramas, so I was quite surprised when I realized that this had become my favorite drama. The pacing, acting and plot were all superb. It even pulled off a great ending, which I would not have believed possible. I found the characters surprisingly well-developed and all interesting. By the end I was intensely concerned about the fates of all of them. Even if this isn't a genre you usually like, give it a try. The excellent acting by the whole cast will win your attention, and maybe even your heart.
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Your Honor
16 people found this review helpful
Oct 14, 2018
32 of 32 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Between shows, I forget what an awesome actor Yoon Shi Yoon is. We've had a couple of twin dramas where the twins are pretty indistinguishable except for glasses or some other physical clue, but Yoon Shi Yoon creates two totally different people with facial expressions - i was halfway through this before I noticed that the clue was which side the hair was parted on, because it was so easy to tell which character based on body language. Overall, the cast was outstanding. Special props to Kim Hye Ok, who portrays a mother whose exceptionally bad parenting almost destroyed one son, and her realization of what she had done - it's a totally believable character.

This is much better than the typical courtroom drama - there's plenty of action outside of court, and the court sequences are crisp and to the point - it doesn't drag, there are multiple mini-plots, mostly romance, but also a bit of good versus evil in the form of spoiled rich kids. It's a well-textured drama.

The main romance is sweet and all the plot lines wind up nicely. The story is interesting and kept me engaged. The music has highs and lows - some bits are completely overblown (really, we know something important just happened - you don't need to blast up with a full symphony, heavy on the strings, to make the point). I don't think I'll want the OST.

For me, the main draw was the quality of the acting. Sung Dong Il is always a treat to watch, and all the guest appearances were wonderful. If character development is important to you in a drama, this is worth your time.

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Wok of Love
12 people found this review helpful
Aug 12, 2018
38 of 38 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 5.5
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 1.5
I love food-related dramas, so I was really eager to see this one. Initially, it reminded me of Happy Home. Alas. it fell behind quickly. Happy Home developed wonderful characters but mainly the complex and well planned plot line carried them through 51 engaging episodes, and I was sorry to see it end. Although Wok of Love stated strong and had excellent actors bringing interesting characters, the writing was scattered and indifferent, Plot lines came and left - at one point, I wondered if they had forgotten that Jang Hyuk was even in the drama. To say that he was under-used is an understatement - they took one of the best actors in K-drama and treated him like an afterthought. He's the only reason I stayed with it to the end. Overall, this was a waste of talent and a waste of my time after the first few episodes - they even forgot to cook very much.

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Ongoing 51/52
Young Lady and Gentleman
14 people found this review helpful
Mar 27, 2022
51 of 52 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 6.0
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
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Run away, fast, now!

If you haven't watched any K-drama for the last ten years, this is a must watch. It will introduce you to almost every over-worked trope in the genre. One by one, you can tick them off - amnesia, getting hit by a truck, false identities, adoption, abandonment, unmarried pregnancies, cancer. Did anyone have Altzheimer's? I don't remember, the whole drama made me wish I could have selective Altzheimer's and forget it all.
It actually starts out well, with good characters and a nice plot. But as soon as the amnesia hits, it becomes absurd and labored. Did they change writers mid stream? Was there a crisis in the writer's life? It's pure garbage from then on.
The only thing I'm keeping from this drama is the lovely theme song, Love Always Run Away," sung by Lim Young Woong. For the rest - I wish I could have the hours I wasted on it back. Don't start, it's good at first but fails completely later.

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On the Verge of Insanity
9 people found this review helpful
Aug 27, 2021
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Solid low-key drama

This was a great drama for me - I love tech, engineering, and Jung Jae Young - so what's not to like? As usual, he creates a laid back character that it takes a while to get to know. The plot is surprisingly devious, full of business intrigue. The cast is excellent throughout. This isn't a drama that will grab you with fireworks, noisiness and unnecessary frills and flashy effects. It relies on character development and story line to draw you in, so it's not for the impatient. Watch a few episodes and then decide if it's for you.
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The Beauty Inside
11 people found this review helpful
Nov 25, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 3.0
I've said before that I would cheerfully watch Lee Min Ki butter toast for an hour, but it was hard to stick with this. He's still (IMHO) the sexiest actor on the planet, but it really wasn't enough to carry this. His co-star, Seo Hyun Jin, was equally excellent. But the story was absurd, dragged on far too long, and was filled with poor information about Prosopagnosia. I know two people with it, and they don't go get operations to get fixed!

The acting overall was excellent, The music was good, especially the song by K. Will, whose voice has the capacity to make you want to weep no matter what he's singing about. But it was spoiled by over-use, and by the end I was sorry I had downloaded the song. Maybe I can listen to it in a couple of years.

Some people seem to really like the show, others, like me, found more to dislike. IF it weren't for Lee Min Ki, I wouldn't have lasted more than a few episodes. YMMV.

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Imitation
13 people found this review helpful
Jul 25, 2021
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 1.5

Don't waste your time

The two leads created the most depressing characters I have ever seen. I don't think either of them smiled until the end of the last episode. I was smiling then, too, because I didn't have to watch any more of this. I hadn't realized it was only 12 episodes, so I'd decided to drop it. The music was unremarkable, although the finale song was nice.
I suppose the point of this is to shed some light on the abuse of trainees, especially sexual favors demanded. It's a retelling of the tragedy of Sunny, Jang Ja-yeon. If you are new to K-drama, look her up on Wikipedia. As such, this show brought no new insight, and it's a retelling of something that happened 12 years ago. It offers no solutions or productive actions. Between the borrowed (stolen) plot, dismal performances and so-so music, this isn't worth your time. It certainly wasn't worth mine, and if there had been much else to watch while this was running, I wouldn't have bothered.

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Vincenzo
57 people found this review helpful
May 3, 2021
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 7
Overall 6.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 1.5

Sorry I watched it

This is tagged as " Comedy, Law, Romance, Crime, Drama" and it was, initially. There was a rather uneasy blend of crime and comedy, but the humor was quirky and the soundtrack provided a lot of good laughs. I initially hadn't planned to watch it because I hate most Mafia dramas (I went to school with children of real Mafia bosses, so it's not a world I find amusing) and because I'm not very impressed with Song Joong Ki's acting (bring on the haters!). Song was better than I expected but still not great - he simply doesn't have the gravitas I expect from a consiglieri. And I never felt any romantic vibes between him and Jeon Yeo Bin; they were pretty cold fish until the hastily tacked on end scenes.
But he real issue is that it went from a nice hidden treasure drama to a vicious revenge drama with over-graphic hate and sadism. There was nothing likeable about Vincenzo, who showed himself to be a purely evil as the psychopath he was trying to bring down. And what happened to all the gold? Was anything worthwhile done with it, or were the tenants just sucked into Vincenzo's world of revenge and greed? In the end, he corrupted them all.
The star performance was, of course, was Ok Taec Yeon, who went from a bumbling office assistant to an evil psychopath seamlessly and believably. It was a great performance. In the end, I felt sorry for him, a clearly troubled defective human being, while I disliked Vincenzo immensely. If you enjoy cruelty and revenge, you might like this. But don't be deceived by the lighthearted moments in the beginning - this drama is nasty.

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The Vampire Lives Next Door To Us
7 people found this review helpful
Oct 14, 2018
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
This is marvelous but decidedly not for everybody. Ji Sung is gorgeous and funny early on as a vampire dandy - he is just a treat to watch doing comedy, whether it's subtle or broad. The plot surprises you when you find out how the young girl died. This is more of a vignette than a movie - no greatly developed story line, but 20 minutes of impressions and feelings. I thought it was great - apparently a lot of people didn't. it's only 20 minutes, so give it a try, unless thinking about vampires keeps you up at night!
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You Raise Me Up
7 people found this review helpful
Oct 15, 2021
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 3.5

What goes up must come down

I was quite taken with the first episodes. They were funny, and I had a lot of hope that this would be a cheeky. slightly risque (for Korea) exploration of male sexuality. Sadly, it quickly devolved into a predictable romance. I got tired of Yoon Shi Yoon looking - and being - so pathetic (although I think he does pathetic and hang-dog better than anyone else). It dragged for several episodes, and then magically wrapped up far too quickly. Overall, I felt it was not worth the time. Once you've seen the opening, it's downhill from there.
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Start-Up
9 people found this review helpful
Jan 1, 2021
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
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Great portrayal of Silicon Valley

I've seen a lot of reviews that pan the ambiance this show creates for startups. I'm writing here mostly to say, they nailed it! I lived in Silicon Valley (Mountain View and Sunnyvale) from the time that Google had one building, leased from Silicon Graphics, until just a couple of years ago. I had many friends who worked at Google. I attended focus groups and workshops there, and ate in the famous cafeterias. I knew people in other startups and used an incubator for a while with a group I worked with. I had a close associate working for a self-driving car start-up. Start-ups are regularly bought for big money just to grab the talented programmers for a couple of years, and everyone ends up wealthy. It happened to someone I know. The images created in this drama were so accurate that it was like being back there again. So when I say that they got the ambiance right, I know what I'm talking about.
That said, it's not much like that any more - the renown Google food has deteriorated, the people aren't having fun any more, and it's become largely tech rat-race.
AS for the story, it's ok. There were things that didn't go the way I had hoped, there were loose ends. Although I watch a lot of K-drama, I don't pay any attention to the fan wars or other stuff that surrounds them, so I'm blissfully ignorant about all that. I loved seeing Kim Hae Sook, one of my favorite actresses. I looked forward to every episode, and I was sorry it ended. There are plenty pf reviews out there that dissect the plot and everything else in painful detail, so read those if you want to know about that stuff. But if you want to visit the world of tech startups in the early days, this is a great place to do it. They got it right.

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Where Stars Land
5 people found this review helpful
Dec 1, 2018
32 of 32 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
This was supposed to run 40 episodes (i.e. 20 hour-long episodes) but it got cut to 16 hours because once again, someone in planning/scheduling apparently didn't realize that Chuseok was coming, or that there might be sports events. So if you enjoy dramas with lame endings, unresolved threads, and having that familiar feeling of "That's all? Seriously, that's ALL?" at the end, then this drama is a must watch. If you would rather see something far more satisfying, look elsewhere.

The plot is OK, and the actors did a good job. i didn't particularly care for the lead couple, but that's a matter of personal taste (I'm really tired of emotionally constricted men and "I can't do anything right" women). I did love the airport security couple, they were played to perfection. I hope there is more of Kim Kyung-Nam and Lee Soo-Kyung in the future. Ro Woon also created an delightful "guy who won't get the girl" character. (If you think that's a spoiler, you haven't watched enough K-drama!) So no complaints about the cast. The writing was engaging, and the plot was promising and almost certainly planned to have a better ending.

I didn't notice the music especially, which means it was at least not annoying. But overall, I think the best character was the airport cleaning robot, at least he got some decent closure at the end - even if it was pretty tacky.

My apologies to the cast, the writer and the director, who got really screwed by whomever decided to chop this off.

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Touch Your Heart
24 people found this review helpful
Mar 30, 2019
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 6.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
It starts of well enough,, but the weak plot soon turns into no plot. The female lead character is that annoying kind of simpering, inept female that has happily become less common in K-drama, but here she is again. There are many better rom-coms out there, but sadly not lately. I started watching it for the male lead, but overall I was even disappointed in him. When there is this much fail in a drama you have to look to the writer and the director - these actors have been good in other dramas. Don't waste your time here.
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The Spies Who Loved Me
4 people found this review helpful
Jan 1, 2021
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 5.0

A watchable spy story

I usually don't care for spy stories - by the 4th or 5th episode the plots get so convoluted that I lose track of what's going on and by the 6th episode I just don't care any more. But because hope springs eternal, I gave this a try and I'm glad I did.
First, I am a fan of Im Joo Hwan. He tends to end up in second lead roles, especially if the role is evil or generally a horrible person. I was really pleased with the complexity that was written into this role for him, and as usual, he delivered a lot of misdirection as to whether he was a good guy or a real scum. The ending for his character was totally satisfying for me and worth the watch.
I liked Eric Mun more than I have in the past. And Yoo In Na was a nice surprise - although she is pretty active, I wasn't really aware of her before, but she got my attention here. Overall, the cast and the acting were excellent.
The story had enough twists and turns to keep me bingeing, but it never got overly confusing. Easy to follow but engaging - that's the best! I didn't actually notice the music, so on one level, that's a good thing, since I really hate shows where the music seems to want a starring role.
Overall, a good watch, nice for bingeing. Nothing record breaking or earth shattering, just a good solid K-drama rom-com. Which is no small thing.

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Ongoing 118/120
A Good Supper
5 people found this review helpful
Jul 2, 2021
118 of 120 episodes seen
Ongoing 1
Overall 4.5
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 1.0

Dreadful after the first few episodes

This, like a number of other K-dramas, starts with the protagonists as children, and then they make the leap to young adults in one episode. The children are great and it's a really promising start. I got totally sucked into it. Sadly, it's a long slide down from there. The characters develop illogically, with strong children becoming dishonest and whiny adults. The female lead is unbelievably boring and flat, with no personality at all. the male she was paired with as a child becomes a whiner. The plot becomes garbled and simply stupid. I"m at ep. 118 and I can't wait for the male lead to die, already. He's a terrible actor. The one bright star in this mess is Han Jung-Ho, who plays a disabled adult. It's the first portrayal of someone with a disability - probably intended as cerebral palsy - is never cringe-worthy and consistent throughout. He deserves a reward. The writer and the rest of the cast isn't worth mention. Why did I watch so much of this? I normally watch a daily dram to go to sleep to - and this wasn't even good enough for that. Now I just want it to end. Yuk.

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