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Reply 1997
1 people found this review helpful
4 hours ago
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
I started watching this drama because of Eunji.  I am a fan of her music and so I decided to give this drama a shot.

Truthfully, a large portion of why I enjoyed this show was because it was so relatable. I did not grow up in Korea but I have heard about the Korean boy band fan wars after getting into KPOP in my late teens, early twenties.  I did not live through H.O.T. versus Seckskies but I lived through Backstreet Boys versus NSync. The way Shi Won obsessed over H.O.T was similar to how I used to obsess over the Backstreet Boys.  I remember, vividly, hovering over a teen magazine and tearing out pages to share with my girlfriends and classmates, similar to the drama.  My inner 90's kid self laughed when the gang in the drama started getting into Tamagotchis and other 90's crazes like overalls, pig tails, CD players... Of course, I had a Tamagotchi!  It was also really nostalgic and heartwarming watching the friends have their reunion.  How many people still keep in touch with their high school friends in their late twenties?  Not too many people unfortunately.  This was something that I couldn't relate to but still found touching.

I also loved how the drama talked about real life topics despite some topics being controversial in a conservative country.  When I lived in Korea in the early part of this decade, it was still taboo to talk openly about homosexuality.  People were having same- sex relationships but it was still not a widely accepted mindset.  It was refreshing for the drama to delve into homosexuality and paint it with a warm, understanding light.  

I also commend the actors for portraying their roles so well.  Some might find the Busan accent to be whiny but I found it to be endearing.  This drama also transcend gender lines.  I recommended this drama to my fiance and he absolutely loved it.  Eunji, as Shi Won was the clear glue to this entire show.  She was so lovable that it is easy to see why people liked her.  In Guk as Yoon Je was also hilariously straight edged and goofy.  It was so funny how the main leads interacted with each other and their chemistry was palpable.  

All in all, if you grew up in the 90's...watch this drama.  You will love it.

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Cinderella and the Four Knights
1 people found this review helpful
7 hours ago
Overall 6.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 2.5
First Things First
I dropped this drama a while ago and I couldn't remember why so I started watching it again. In the beginning I loved the show and I hadn't even noticed I had reached the 5th episode. Near the 8th episode is when the show really went down hill... sigh

The Problems
  
1.
 I would like to talk about the leads.
When you begin the show you will assume that a certain person in the first lead. The writer gave this person all of the characteristics of the first lead, but I felt something was wrong. While watching the show I noticed the second lead was getting all of the first lead's scenes. It finally dawned on me that the second lead is the first lead.

The problem is that the second lead showed complete interest in the heroine and he didn't pay any attention to the second female lead! And then boom he suddenly has no interest in the heroine and looves the second lead. While this is going on the second lead trying to steal the heroine from the second lead but is overly affectionate towardw the second female lead.

2.
The second female lead pops out of nowhere and is stuck between trying to be friends with the heroine and not. I honestly still don't even know what her motive is. She knows the second lead likes the heroine and is all fine with it except the many times when the second lead confessed. It felt like the second female lead was always on her period and kept having mood swings.

3.
Majority of the characters are just annoying af, I loved the heroine and the secretary but that's about it. The Grandpa was really insensitive and he annoyed me whenever he spoke yet the heroine treated him like he was the best person ever. I feel like the writer tried to fit too many clichés into one drama and this was the result.

The major problem with the drama was the story line, I would say the plus side is that there is a lot of fluffy moments.

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Black
1 people found this review helpful
by Shae
8 hours ago
Overall 7.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 1.5
The story is okay, OST is okay. The ending makes you question why you liked it.

Maybe SSH had this written into his contract.
 
"The ending has to be vague or, suck altogether. Oh yeah, and let's have Halloween-Christmas because, Why not?
 
I want my fans to prove they love me for me instead of my work, just like Lee Min Ho.
 
Come all my pretty lemmings and I'll show you a cliff. Bwahahaha!"

Don't watch the last 10 minutes of the final episode and you'll be better for it.


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Cain and Abel
0 people found this review helpful
10 hours ago
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
I am going to start of by saying Takenaka Naoto as Kurosawa Kousuke was the real star of this drama.  I have loved him in everything I have seen him in and this was no disappointment.  His outfits alone are amazing. All the "Older generation" in this work are amazing and shown in much better light than most dramas from "Chairman" to the Architect to Kurosawa. They all seem wise and have feelings vs. the usual Stuck in their ways way older people are usually portrayed.

Now onto the rest of the cast and story, it is not as cut and dry as it seems with the first four episodes.  The twist happens and a great Juxta-positioning occurs.I will not spoil it, but It is worth a watch if you like family dramas or Dramas about brothers.  Romance is there but while it SEEMS the main focus, it really isn't.  Its a solid office/company/family drama that, like family, will make you sad, frustrated, happy and then satisfied by the end.

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Meloholic
0 people found this review helpful
12 hours ago
Overall 4.5
Story 3.5
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
Oh boy where do I start. I really thought it would have potential. Yunho is some killer eye candy and he really looked good with the leading lady. Unfortunately his acting was below par and cringy at times. Soo-jin actually did pretty well -talking on a character with split personality. It was believable that she was two different people. The story itself had potential, just bad writing and execution. Even the cinematography was mediocre. It was cute and a good show if you have nothing else to watch and lots of time in your hands lol. OST was great tho. Really enjoyed the music.

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The Big Boss: Season 2
1 people found this review helpful
13 hours ago
Overall 6.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 4.0
i'm a native chinese speaker, that's why  i could really appreciate the show as a whole. it's extremely funny, though it might not be for non-chinese speakers.

a heads up though:

1. the show is really choppy and messy. even from the first season, the first half of each season would be based on their life in school. then it'll suddenly change to an alternate universe of some sort where they have magical powers. those parts seemed really draggy to me.

2.there isn't much romance. maybe a little tease here and there but there's literally barely any romance at all. literally, we only get that tease of romance in the last two episodes.

3. their audio dubbing is good, it sounds pretty fluent. but lip syncing? not so much. especially when the characters perform or sing. it's like the actors don't know what they're singing or performing. it's so out of sync, i thought they added a random audio clip over the scenes.

i really do like each character's personality and their backstories. this drama is more about friendship than anything else. the theme song is really good, it's upbeat and easy to understand.  still, the best part of the entire drama are the comedic scenes.

personally would not watch this drama again.

if you're looking for a comedic highschool drama, give this a go.
but if you're looking for something with a solid plot and romance, this isn't for you.

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15 hours ago
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.5
A very heartwarming dorama. I wasn't expect that, since the summary  tells that it is about the difficulties of a young girl to be a cook in a  chauvinistic world. And it is but it is also about the kindness of  people, how they help each other in small but significant ways; it is  also about family and to care about someone else's well being. And of  course, it is also about overcoming the difficulties in life with the  help of people who loves you.

I am adding Kuroki Haru in  my list of favorite actresses. Whenever role she plays, I just want her  to be happy And when she is, her happiness is contagious. And she is so  gentle, so Japanese-lady-like. My other favorite in this dorama was her  mistress (Yasuda Narumi), who loved her as a mother. Her love for her adopted daughter, and for her son was beautiful. Her sad smile was so poignant...

There  is a little reunion of members of "Juhan Shuttai", which made me really  happy (4 of them!). Starting with the MC, who again works hard in what  she loves XD And is spite of working again with Nagayama Kento  (Nagata-sensei), I was rooting for Komatsubara-san since the very  beginning. I loved when there is respect and a little bit of teasing  from the love interest XD

I love the setting, since historical  stories set in Edo period are most of the times my favorites. The food  that are shown look mostly so tasteful (and there is a little culinary  demonstration of the main recipe of the day at the end of each episode,  performed by the amazing Kuroki Haru). The other time, when I was eating  with other people and they were "ohhh my, so delicious" I laughed  internally because that's what happens every time people eats Mio's  food).

The OST is lovely, it helped to keep the tone light.

For  rewatch value, yes, I would watch it again, specially when the SP is  subbed (there HAS to be a SP... when I finished Ep 8 I was like, WHAT?).  Besides, it is very short, with 8 episodes only, of 35 minutes aprox  each ep.).

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Black
3 people found this review helpful
19 hours ago
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
If you're planning to watch Black, give it atleast 3 episodes. It takes about that much time for things, that at first might appear as random or scattered events, to form a vague connected picture of how things are supposed to be. Ofcourse, you could always love the drama right from the start, like me. But if the first two episode confuse/ frustrate you, please don't give up on it before atleast 3 ep, because it could just turn out to be a drama that you'll love.

That being said, now on to the review:

- This is my first time seeing both Song & Go Ara.There's a lot of negative stigma attached with Go Ara, so I was a bit hesitatnt to watch this at first. However, her character here is alright. Ha ram, is by no means, the best FL out there. But she is not really among the worst ones either. At the very least, Go Ara's acting isn't cringeworthy or bad enough to drop this drama.Song Seung Heon is amazing! And I am, by no means, exaggerating. You'll see what I mean when you watch the drama. As Detective Han, he's kind and understanding. And as Black, he's ruthless and hostile.The only thing he cares about is getting his job done. Watching him become more human is one of the most enoyable things about this drama. I'll even go as far as saying that he's one of the best tsundere male leads out there. Although, putting him in that box seems too restrictive, since he was much more than that. Oh, and he's really, really sexy!

- The writing, to me, was one of the best things about this drama. Although to some, it might seem overbearing or even messy at times. And I do understand where they are coming from. The writing here is really intricate, detailed and connected. It's a drama where you have to pay attenton a lot. But instead of finding that annoying, I appreciated that. I specially loved the fact that how the things, that at first seemed irrelevant, became part of something bigger later on. Honestly, if I could, I'd rate the writing 11/10.

- When I first went into this drama, one thing that I didn't expect, and that one thing that really surprised me in a good way, was the comedy! Black is savage, yet so, so funny! Like a lot of supernatural beings out there, he thinks himself to be above the 'mere human beings. You can just imagine how his interactions with humans would result. Hilariously, ofcourse! The series has the deadpan humor, that I really enjoyed watching.

- The romance is a subdued part of the drama. Although, it's not the main focus, it's balanced in a good way. The romance between the leads is slow burn, but shippable. I personally think that the chemistry between the leads was good.

- I think this is one of those dramas that is worth marathon-ing. Each episode is so much filled with information, there's never a dull moment! And you'll NEVER see the twists coming, aside from the ones that the drama do let on.

- There are actually a lot of things I loved about this drama, as obvious from my rating. However, delving into them might lead into me (accidentally) giving out a spoiler, so I'd rather not say them.


I am not going to say that it's the best drama out there, in either thriller, fantasy or (subdued) romance genre. It even has a few (minor) loopholes, or facts that don't add up with the story. Despite that, it managed to keep me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The minute I started the episode to the minute it ended, I was thoroughly engaged and captivated. And for me, sometimes, that's the only thing that counts.
So, I'll just say that this is a really good, entertaining and a really well-done drama. And I'd definitely recommend this! So, I hope you give this a chance!
Happy Watching!!

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Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi
1 people found this review helpful
23 hours ago
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 10
Most if not all great stories highlight or expose either human conditions or truths about people. Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi is such a story. It successfully engages the audience in the harsh realities of Korean business relationships, and how an individual's condition controls their perception of events. All of this occurs within the context of a small/medium sized Korean business.

The real antagonist was the "main" characters' adopted and communal attitude. Ms. Temper was a catalyst enlightening them to the truth: external challenges are created by internal deficiencies. Each manifested antagonist was created and fed by the protagonists.

The use of humor and family highlight community. Our communities within our place at work, within families, within relationships, and within our country are placed on one plate.  The balance and prioritization of these communities is part of this drama.

I am a fan of Lee Yo Won. Thus, I am biased. That being said, she again, was fantastic.

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Night Light
1 people found this review helpful
23 hours ago
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
This Drama is a chess match composed of insight, focus, and will. Understanding the essence of individuals, always keeping one's goal as the decision maker, and the determination to follow through are the strengths of the main character. There is no chosen protagonist. The audience decides. The antagonist is our own bias. If people see Lee Yo Won's character as "cold and calculating", it is a reaction to her blunt honesty in her assessment of people and relations.

I absolutely enjoyed this Drama. It exposed yet another aspect of us. A side of us we so quickly dismiss.

Lee Yo Won is an incredible professional. She is adept at communicating complex and mixed emotions without overt expressions. This is a talent and gift.

Kudos to the writers, directors, and actors. Very well done.

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Black
2 people found this review helpful
1 day ago
Overall 7.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 3.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
It has been a while since I've written a review and to start going back to writing reviews with a drama that was 'controversial' may not be the best idea....but since I've got some time now, might as well eh?

Story: The synopsis of this drama pretty much summed up what it is - a story about a grim reaper who eventually disappeared from everyone's memories. This drama is more investigative thriller than paranormal romance. Therefore, do not watch this drama with an expectation of paranormal romance. The grim reaper part is the only paranormal part of this drama. It is not used for action or cool effects. The drama is primarily focused on revealing the many twists and plots that led to the deaths of key characters who coincidentally were linked to each other. The reason why I said this is a 'controversial' drama is because you'll either love it or hate it. Unfortunately, I belong to the later group. Hence, in this review, you will read about the other side of opinion as opposed to the many praises others have given to this drama. Hopefully, after reading this review alongside all the positive reviews of this drama, you will get a more balanced view.

The drama started out well with a scene from the final episode - laying the foundation for the mysteries it plan to address. Then, we are introduced to a series of murders which were inevitably linked to mysteries from the past. One by one, skeletons in the closets (literal and figurative) were exposed. And just when you think you've figured out who's the big baddie, the drama deals you another twist. I love twists and plots and sub-plots. But I dislike HOW they were presented in this drama. Sure, they got the 'lay the foundation' part right with many twists being explained with earlier scenes. However, how it was presented lacked the finesse of a true master! The pace of the drama requires re-thinking. You get a good start, then a sluggish middle and a sudden and fast-forwarded end. The last 2 episodes felt like a dump. You get every character in the drama running around trying to solve mysteries, getting killed and missing chances and clues for the better part of the drama and suddenly in the last 2 episodes, they have a sudden IQ increase and knew exactly what to do! Better yet - as soon as they knew what to do, everything fell into place just right for them to do it when the bulk of the drama showed how they kept on missing clues and chances! For example, Moo Gang can be thinking about a certain person and lo and behold!...the tv reports about that person just as he was wondering about him....and lo and behold!....he found that person in the next scene and knew he's the brains behind it all! Same case with the lady doctor... she's been going around trying to locate a certain person, even almost died because of that.....and suddenly in the final episode, she only need to pick up the phone to call him and he answered! Not only did he answered after evading capture for so long.... he even invited her to his place instead of meeting up at some random public but hidden place as any intelligent person evading capture would do! *face palm!* You can see now what I meant by re-thinking the pace. If clues were solved bit by bit and revealed randomly in the course of the drama while leading towards the eventual and logical capture of the big baddie at the end, this drama would have been a much better drama. As it is, the drama was a huge dump fest with all revelations revealed in the last 2 episodes in a whirlwind of past scenes meshed with current scenes in an attempt to give the storyline creditability.

The second main reason why this drama was a disappointment for me is the lack of chemistry between the female lead and the male lead. Let me start by saying that Kang Ha Ram is not a love-able character. She is meddlesome, bumbling, loud, prone to misconception and always stepping into situation without fully assessing it which led to the many mistakes she made leading to loss of lives. To make matters worst, she was supposed to form a love relationship with Moo Gang/Black. At best, the chemistry that came through was that of a comrade or older brother-younger sister. Hence, my earlier warning that this drama is NOT a paranormal romance. Romance was just an afterthought and the development of chemistry was lacking. In fact, it boggled my mind how Moo Gang/Black who was tauted to be the coldest and most unfeeling reaper could fall for Kang Ha Ram. It defied logic. It even defied logic how he could love her so much that he was willing to undertake the worst punishment ever! If the ending was about this great sacrifice the reaper did for his love, then the story should focus on developing a strong love line so the viewers could empathize on the reaper's decision. Instead, the bulk of the story was about the many twists and turns signature of an investigative thriller.

Acting/Cast: Despite my critique of the story, the acting in this drama is good. Although I dislike Kang Ha Ram's character, the actress portraying her did a good job as she had successfully made me dislike Kang Ha Ram! However, she failed to manufacture the necessary chemistry with her male lead that would convince me that they were indeed very much in love with each other. It takes two to tango - hence the lack of chemistry was also a fault of the male lead. Other than that, acting was spot on.

Music: Not worth mentioning and not the focus of the drama.

Rewatch value: I do not possess a sadistic bone in my body. Hence, I will not torture myself by re-watching this drama. What's done is done! And I am relieved that it's over!

Overall: Considering the sentiments of many who seemed to love this drama, this is my most lenient rating of this drama: 7.5/10. Truthfully, I would rate it closer to 7/10.




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Black
1 people found this review helpful
by hdef
1 day ago
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 10
i never give high ratings, you can look at my watched list and you will notice. This one kept me interested until the last episode. i loved the fact that they kept the story line complicated till the very end. i loved the fact the played with the whole concept. The acting was spot on, i loved the seriousness  of the whole drama yet it has its tear jerking moments and its comedic relief in certain areas. This series was something unique in its story line. i will definitely re-watch it again in a very near future.  This has made lots of other Korean drama pail in comparison

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Oh My Grace
0 people found this review helpful
1 day ago
Overall 1.0
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 1.5
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
Not at all worth watching if you like dramas at all. Generally poor acting and directing. Very rushed story that was listless as well. I didn't care about anything going on. How did the main actress end up in Korea and why can she suddenly speak Korean? Thanks for the non answers guys.

Also, Americans have different mannerisms and opinions on strangers touching/grabbing them by force. Most American women would punch a guy who dragged them down a street no matter how attractive they were.

Would not recomend to anyone.
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Secret Seven: The Series
0 people found this review helpful
1 day ago
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
first, i watch this drama cz lee thanat n jirakit i really love them.

For Story, its quite good cz i didnt expected about the "real" main role at the end..
every main role act has main story about padlom. the story make me laugh, sad, n smile
the story make me confuse so i want watch next episode, next episode, and next episode.
for acting : Padlom its good for acting but i like her acting at gentle vet.
                         P' Pok your very gentleman. ilike your act in this drama
                         P' Alan your perfect student. its suite for you :)
                          P' Gent your are so sweet ...
                          Play omg you play guitar, i melted
                         It your are good friend and michievous for Padlom, ilike realy like your act :D
                         Liftoil you always cute
                         Neo you are superstar update n online for your fans ..
you must watch this drama. cz have 7 Handsome guys and story you will didnt expected. :D
Enjoy this drama !!!

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Go Back Couple
0 people found this review helpful
1 day ago
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
To die for. Whenever i think of it i get emotional. I cried almost at every episode i watched, the last one i cried much more because there weren't anymore to watch and for the fact they made it a 12 episode drama and not 16. I actually lived with it, i shared the same concerns with the actors and really got inspired by it. I can't believe a drama like that exists, with the right amount of laughs, of embarassment, of jealousy, of romance, of cuteness, .... everything seemed so perfect. I actually agreed with the characters' choices, which is not usual since i fell in love with the second male-lead (as i have the second male-lead syndrome) , but it was so weird for meto actually agree with the writer and bring the two leads together . It had a great ending, totally perfect. I'm still hoping for a second season everyone.

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