Meteor Garden
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5 minutes ago
14 of 48 episodes seen
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
First of all, Hana Yori Dango is one of my favourite manga of all time hence so I was quite ecstatic to see yet another adaptation of such a classic love story we know we always fall for lol. I've watched many different past adaptations of this story before with Boys Over Flowers being the first series that introduced it to me. (Keeping in mind, it was majorly popular in Philippines back then as well). Not to mention I had read the manga too so I'm quite familiar with this lovely story.

Having many past adaptations of the same story, Meteor Garden 2018 kind of did set the bar high to me and for all the people who are familiar with the other previous versions probably does so as well. I was quite interested on how they are going to adapt Hana Yori Dango in their own way hence so, after seeing the trailer on Netflix, decided to give it a go.

What I really like about this series is the fact that it was quite lighthearted and just full on mellow. It didn't include any severe bullying or any rape/sexual topics of any kind as oppose to BOF or in the original manga for example. It's something you can gladly watch around younger people and to be honest, it gave it an honest and innocent feel to it that I quite like. It's like one of those love stories that I love to watch as a young girl and fawn over (yes, I'm cringy af).

Being the most recent adaptation of the story after BOF back in 2009, this is the most modernised adaptation of Hana Yori Dango we have seen so far. When I watched the 2001 version and the manga for example, I didn't have the connection that viewers at that time would have because I wasn't born at that time lolol. It was the norm back in the days but not today, so having watched this adaptation gave me some kind of relatability because I'm someone who lives at this time and age. It was pretty refreshing to see a story that was probably made 20 or so years ago become so modernised like this. It incorporated some aspects that I quite like for example the fact that the series included some Western songs as their Ost for example 'River' and also the amount of diversity shown and that for me, made it quite meaningful. I fell in love with the soundtrack oml. Among all the other versions I had seen, this series by far is my favourite in terms of the soundtrack. I often listen to the playlist of the songs because it's that good and I was very pleased they included songs in which I was familiar with already and that people know off.

I do like the Cast chosen, I find Dong Shangcai to be quite similar to Geum Jan Di from BOF which is really not a problem though I wouldn't mind if the character would be a bit more unique and different kind of like the 2001 and 2005 version and not stick to the same concept. The rest of F4 is just pure gold, they're all equally as adorable to me especially Lei sjdjdnfnxxn. However, in terms of acting, I do think it could have been better. There are some moments where it feels out of place and that it didn't exactly resonate to the audience what the actors are trying to portray.

The story/plot of course is not anything special of some kind. To those who are not familiar of the previous adaptations of the manga would have thought differently however seeing as I'm familiar with the storyline already, it did lose that excitement and appeal since we basically know what is going to happen in the story anyway. The fact that I stuck this long was merely the fact that I was curious as to how they'll go about it and see how they will adapt the manga. Of course seeing the same storyline over and over again would have certainly bored people to death, however it is probably something I will never get tired off after seeing the same storyline so many times.

But anyway, it's a good show to watch. I haven't see the rest of what the series has to offer yet so we'll just have to see but it seems to be a pleasure to watch so far. It had managed to kept me excited and motivated when waiting for the new episodes to arrive on Netflix so I can say it is certainly on my good list of shows. It's not the best but it's not awfully bad either. Who knows, it might be on par with its predecessors which I'm certain it will.

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Wok of Love
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2 hours ago
38 of 38 episodes seen
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
Okay,so when i first started this drama i instanstly fell in love. The plot was funny and the characters were absolutely brilliant. The cast really fit like a glove so i thought this was going to be one of my fav dramas of 2018. But as the story progressed,things got slower?
I don't really know how to describe the feeling. But it was like the writers were just writing episodes because they had to. Certain plot developments were extremely frustrating.
And one character in particular got me ANNOYED from the first episode to the last. The mother acted like a spoiled child and i wasn't really having it. She treated everyone like a slave. SO ANNOYING. It really made me give this drama a lower rating just because of that. I don't think the writers could've done a worst job with her,she had too much screen time.

BUT i still finished the drama with a big smile on my face. I can't give it a bad rating because the chemistry between Junho and Ryeo Won was flawless and the rest of the characters made my heart jump. Also,the bromance,OH MAN,the bromance was so cute. Perhaps the ending was a bit incomplete but i didn't really mind it. I was expecting that to happen when i realised they had to cut 2 episodes because of the world cup.

Overall,it has a lot of food porn for you to feast your eyes on and the relationships are hella cute.

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Ainori: Asian Journey
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2 hours ago
22 of 22 episodes seen
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Very good idea of finding true love in the form of four wheels, after all if true love does not come to us, we go after it so, I loved the series, the cast was great because there were no acting the protagonists were ordinary people with a purpose in common, loving and truly loved. The couples were special, each with its uniqueness, the whole series was fun too. I missed a continuation, but that's beside the point. The important thing is to be happy with the person we love, the rest is just history
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Something in the Rain
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2 hours ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.5
Love is the only thing that makes life complete and beautiful... If you are craving for love and get nothing then stop and think are you going on a right path...
Same goes here...main lead girl was trying too hard to feel love and then she found love in a guy who was not only way too younger but a rare relationship...
I must say she was far more better than personal taste in acting terms but something was missing... I think the spontaneity that we enjoy in personal taste was lacking here...of course our oppa was amazing as always and he is getting better day by day... You will smile, cry and sometimes get irritated as they went through a lot and made many decisions that are not acceptable at first by our hearts...why guilty when its love? Why parting when you want to be together? Many whys and each why will keep you connected to characters and plot...
Plot is very good and executed well...though you will feel a drag sometimes but still a good story overall...
Music is good and quiet heart touching...
Overall a very good drama with some intense love and social issues...

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Suits
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2 hours ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0
As someone who really liked the American version of suits, I really wondered hpw they would transform it into a Korean version and if like it...Well the simple answer is: Y E S.

For me verything about this drama was just right. The right amount of drama, love, suspense and bromance. It's not a drama you can just watch on the go, since it, in my eyes, really requires to be attentive and focus on the story - the plot twists are great. All the cases that were displayed were extremely interesting, and the way how Kang Seok and Yeon Woo worked together to solve all this and overcome even the biggest obstacles was just amazing. Smart, witty, savage, daring.

Don't expect this to see super righteous and honest, good people - the drama rather focuses on the fact that there's often a thin line between good and evil, moreover it makes you realize that rather than black and white, there's this unexplainable grey-ish mix and you have to find out yourself what justice means to you.

Apart from the story, I also really appreciated the high quality acting of all actors (I only knew Park Hyungshik before), and also the really great soundtrack. So overall, if you want a not so lightheartedly, rather serious drama, mixed with savage jokes and witty discussions (not to forget the great bromance), then give it a try. I really enjoyed watching it and even forced myself to not binge watch, because I wanted to watch it as long as possible. Now it's over, but I finished it with a really good feeling and I'd love to see a second season.

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About Time
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3 hours ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
Let me review this drama by points,

1) Amazing plot ruined by story writer

2) Chemistry between the two main leads not enough. First I think it will grow over the upcoming episodes but I am wrong.

3)Mika's brother relationship with Mika's friend is more interesting than the two main leads.

4) Lead actress performed well than the lead actor

5) If they use this clock concept with perfectly well written story ,this drama will be the best drama of the year.

6) Overall it still watchable if you have time , just give it a try for the handwork of about time drama cast.

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To.Jenny
1 people found this review helpful
4 hours ago
2 of 2 episodes seen
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.5
Tiramisu Cake!! Tiramisu Cake!!

God that song is stuck in my head so much! This is such a beautiful drama. One of those cute dramas that really stick with you. When I first heard that this is going to be a musical drama I was kinda skeptical but after watching it I finally saw the beauty of it. It was amazing!!! The songs are so cute. Like realistic giving an indie feeling to it.

I am so happy they casted the male lead instead of casting an idol. He did an amazing job of portraying the awkward not the best singer but a good singer nonetheless. His acting was on point. I watched him Prison Playbook and loved him there (tbh I loved all the characters in that drama. THE BEST)

Honestly there's nothing so special about the story but if you want a super cute story yes this is the one.

Just watch it for Tiramisu Cake!!

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Come and Hug Me
1 people found this review helpful
4 hours ago
32 of 32 episodes seen
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
AMAZING!!

This is one of those slow but meaningful story. Unfortunately it got caught to the FIFA period and was cancelled many time which ultimately made a small setback in the ratings. Although the ratings were on a less side, it still emerged top of its slots. I managed to watch each week which actually made it even more suspenseful for me.

This is the first time lead roles of both Jang Ki Young and Jin Ki Joo (If you don't count JKY's Boy Next Door. Guys check it out. It's a total 180 of this) and for me they did an amazing job. They managed to portray their characters well and honestly JKY was simply amazing. This boy needs alot more lead roles. Despite the grim nature of the story if you check the BTS you can see them having fun.

One of the biggest positive factor of this were the child actors. Especially Nam Da Reum. Damn this boy has grown up well. Hope when they grow up, both of them get another drama as a couple <3

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Come and Hug Me
1 people found this review helpful
5 hours ago
32 of 32 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Come and Hug Me: A Paradise That Heals Your Hearts With It's Unexpected Complexity

Dramas are mimicry of reality, an art form that has a wide range of possibilities. As such, harsh realities can be a point of interest and it can also be used in creating art, even with its level of intricacy. The writers of this show chose to create something from the rawness and realness of a human's reality, which ended in becoming a masterpiece.

One of the factors as to why this drama is lauded is because of its ironic complexity. Basing on its sypnosis, the drama can be seen as something linear, a pattern seen often in its genre. To stray from something familiar, character development was given priority than the development of the story which in turn created complex characters in a simple story of crime, romance, and healing. Another outstanding feat of this drama is that it was able to bring in the warmth despite the inherent nature of the show that has crime and trauma as its motif. I mean I cannot stress this enough but, THIS DRAMA'S SKILL WITH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS SERIOUSLY OUTSTANDING AND DESERVES SOME APPLAUSE.

Although outstanding, I can also say that there were many rooms that the writers could've explored to make things better especially in building character relationships. It's unfortunate that they weren't able to open those doors. However, it doesn't make the drama bad. It's just sad because there were some wasted opportunities.

This drama is a masterpiece for its time. Not only did it served as a great drama, it also served as a commentary on the current social climate of our society.
And lastly, what was thought as something typical was actually a revelation as to what can be done from this kind of material.

- A Paradise For New Faces -

One of the things that the drama did is that it enabled new faces and new names to be discovered whether it be the child actors or the rookie actors. As such it made these actors challenge themselves in acting.
The leads Jang Ki-yong and Jin Ki-joo are relatively new to the acting scene but with this drama, they've established themselves as capable and outstanding artists.
Their childhood counterparts Nam Da-reum and Ryu Han-bi did really well in providing a strong foundation for the show and making the viewers hooked. Despite being young, they've proven themselves to be great artists and I must say that they deserve some applause (*cue Lady Gaga- Applause*)
Kim Kyung-Nam and Yoon Jong-hoon are such revelations and I must say they deserve to be known more. They were really excellent in their roles that they made me anticipate their scenes a lot.
Seo Jeong-yeon before this show has been appearing in a variety of dramas but she surely shined in this drama the most. Despite acting as mother for the first time ,(plus speaking in a dialect that she needed to study) she really did well.
Heo Joon-ho and Kim Seo-hyung are considered as veterans in their field, and we can see their greatness in this drama and I must say that they did great in acting as antagonist. One was great in instilling fear, one was great in instilling anger. (a/n: She was a bitch, bitcher than the Queen herself, CL of 2ne1.)


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Age of Youth
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by DNI
6 hours ago
12 of 12 episodes seen
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
As a slice of life/drama about young adults coping with various issues in their lives, this show is quite genuine, fun and well done. Every girl is unique and down to earth. They all experience highs and lows in their life, and most important - they grow.
Everything would have been awesome if not some issues that seriously interfered with my enjoyment of the show.
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This show feels too long. I've never imagined, i would say that about a series of 12 episodes, but Age of Youth has an extremely uneven tempo, where in the beginning it is excruciatingly slow and overextended. Adding the fact that the episodes are all over 1 hour long, it really tried my patience at times. And it's not like i didn't enjoy what was happening on screen but seeing some situations almost on repeat (like Kang Yi Na talking with older dude in the bar again and again, seeing Yoon Jin Myung sitting in that store without much happening and so on) didn't leave a very great impression to me.
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The show feels bloated with unnecessary dark and heavy drama which fails to feel genuine and realistic, because it's just too much of it stuffed in the later episodes. I like that all girls were treated almost equally, but i dislike the fact that 4 of 5 girls has some dark, heavy element or secret in their lives. It made it hard for me to suspend my disbelief. Some parts like the latter stuff with Jung Ye Eun's boyfriend, felt really poorly written and ridiculous, thus making supportive cast quite unimpressive compared to main five. That's why Song Ji Won felt like a superior character to me, because her parts weren't bloated with dark past or heavy drama. And i am not saying that characters shouldn't experience any hardships or can't have any past that haunts then, but when every character is like that it makes the show feel really unnatural.
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Other minor complaints:
First episode was too melodramatic. Creators didn't manage to introduce a new girl without a pool of tears.
The story about previous tenant was basically forgotten and never brought up again after the first episode, thus feeling like an afterthought.
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CONCLUSION
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Age of Youth is at its best, when it's just genuine slice of life show depicting simple, yet unique stories of 5 girls living together. Unfortunately it fails with its uneven pacing in the first half and lots of unnecessarily dark drama at the second half.

P.S. Extreme praise to Park Eun Bin for the depiction of Song Ji Won - extremely funny, well acted and lively character.

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City of Rock
0 people found this review helpful
11 hours ago
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 8.5
-----Story-----

I really enjoyed the story of the movie. A dude who used to be in a band seeks to redeem himself in the world. At first the main character is simply out for the money he eventually rediscovers the love for music that is beyond the desire for money.

I really liked how the movie depicted that the past is wonderful, but it's now the present, and we're all headed towards the future. Even if somethings in the past are no longer with us, the memories, the lessons, and the feelings will be with us even into the future.

There's lots of really funny stuff happening in the story as well. I found myself profusely laughing throughout the movie.

-----Acting/Cast-----

I don't really know much about the characters and cast, but I can say that I really enjoyed them. I felt that acting was quite decent. Nothing to complain about.

-----Music-----

A movie about music, it definitely does not hold back. The music was rocking all the way from start to finish. Plain awesome.

-----Rewatch Value-----

I could see myself watching this again with friends and what not. The comedy is great, the music is great, and the characters are enjoyable.

-----Overall-----

Definitely a hidden gem on the website. It is super good and I would give this a 10/10 recommendation.

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Come and Hug Me
0 people found this review helpful
13 hours ago
32 of 32 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
I have just finished watching Come and Hug Me and I absolutely loved it!

The storyline was really unique, I haven't seen another drama that shows the assailant's families side of the story. The main characters were made perfectly. Usually, I end up getting really annoyed by the main female character but in this drama, I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to enjoy the presence of both of the main characters in the show. The storyline was well balanced so the serious theme of the drama didn't take away from the cute moments between the main characters, and the touching family scenes.

The actors were able to portray the characters feeling and personalities so well. (I especially think that Jang Ki Yong has a really good puppy face that he always looks at Nak Won with.) I don't think they could have chosen better actors for all of the roles; everyone fit perfectly. They also did such a good job at matching the child actors to adult actors. They all looked strikingly similar.

The soundtrack always fit perfectly with the scenes. Most of the songs were soft but when necessary they would get darker to complement the scene.

I couldn't have asked for anything more from the ending. Everything that I wanted to happen, happened. The ending was done perfectly. I have already gone through and rewatched my favourite parts of the series a second time even though I only finished watching it yesterday. This is going to be a drama that I frequently revisit.

Honestly, anything I say just can't do this series justice so I recommend to just watch it and find out for yourself.

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The Witness
0 people found this review helpful
14 hours ago
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
You can't go wrong with a good thriller movie. This movie is a good one. It is entertaining with lots of suspense, action and plot twists. I would definitely watch this again.

The story was good. It had emotion and as I said before, thrills and plot twists. Definitely didn't predict the reasoning behind the motive of the villain in this movie. I was surprised by that which was nice. I haven't seen the Korean movie that this movie was based off of so I can't make any comparisons or say which one was better but this movie was entertaining and fun. This movie did remind me of a Terrance Young movie, called Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn...ESPECIALLY the ending action scene which was kind of cool. There were a few lose ends that were never answered in the movie such as what was the deal with music box...maybe if I watched the Korean version, that would be explained but overall I liked the story. Also there was one scene in the movie that I HATED for an obvious reason but I don't want to spoil anything. The minute you watch this movie, you will know what scene I am talking about (it is very sad). The music also was great because of course it swelled with the action and was emotional during the sad scenes.

Also, shout to the creative cinematography in this movie! It really portrayed how a blind person interprets the world such as this one scene where the main male lead and the blind woman had to do a video chat so he could be her eyes and the movie's cinematography made it sometimes the audience's perspective so we could feel the main woman's interpretation through the phone lens...I thought that was REALLY clever.

I thought the acting in this was good as well. It was the first time I saw Lu Han in anything and I didn't think he was too bad (I only know him as a member of EXO)...I would be willing to check some of his other stuff out because of this movie. One of my favorite actresses is Yang Mi so naturally I loved her. I thought she portrayed a blind woman very well and her emotional acting was great. I also liked that there was no romance in this movie. That was very refreshing.

Overall I liked this movie a lot. It had the right amount of suspense and action. I am a SUCKER for crime movies and crime dramas so this one is right up my alley. WATCH THIS MOVIE if you want a good entertaining movie on a rainy weekend or night.



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Please Come Back, Mister
0 people found this review helpful
15 hours ago
16 of 16 episodes seen
Overall 5.5
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 4.0
I love Rain like most fans, but I did not enjoy his character in this one, who basically screams and grimaces a lot, and the hair didn’t fit him at all. He is completely unrecognizable as Rain, and that’s not a good thing. In fact, most of this cast struggles and spends their time screaming in a storyline that has some good moments, yes, but loses focus so quickly and badly that after Ep 8 I skimmed the rest and didn’t miss a thing. For me, there are too many dramas that truly are great to spend anymore time on one I don’t enjoy.
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Tree in the River
0 people found this review helpful
17 hours ago
20 of 20 episodes seen
Overall 6.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.5
first of all, can Ray Chang get his own drama?? what a sexy man he is! his characters story was More interesting to me then the main leads character. I found that the main female was very cold and unreasonable in many instances. I couldn’t really fully get into the relationship between her and Mike He’s character. I kept thinking that their divorce was a good thing, she didn’t deserve him. like other reviewer‘s have mentioned, the story doesn’t really fut in the traits of each animal to the character like the credits and the original premise imply. Pretty much the animals in the story are only at the beginning as a back ground device really. But I did not find this too distracting to the story, I actually ended up not even thinking about it once I got a few episodes in.

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