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Once Again (2019-2020)

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Drama: Once Again (한 번 다녀왔습니다)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 100
Release Date: March 28 – September 13, 2020
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 19:55
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Four adult children of a married couple got divorced and went back to live with their parents.

Main Cast
Lee Min Jung – Song Nahee
Lee Sang Yeob – Yoon Gyu Jin
Lee Cho Hee – Song Dahee
Lee Sang Yi – Yoon Jae Seok
Oh Yoon Ah – Song Gahee
Ki Do Hoon – Park Hyosin
Oh Dae Hwan – Song Junseon
Lim Jung Eun – Sung Hyun Kyung
Cheon Hojin – Song Yeong Dal
Cha Hwa Yeon – Jang Ok Bun
Kim Bo Yeon – Choi Yoon Jong
Lee Jung Eun – Cho Yeon / Yeong Suk
Baek Ji Won – Jang Ok Ja
Ahn Kil Kang – Yang Chisu

Review:
What a wonderful story! I’ve watched a few weekend dramas before and this is one of those that didn’t have a lot of makjang storylines! It was just about a family where each member has their own struggles in life, they fight, they misunderstand, they hurt each other. But in the end, they are family and they continue to understand and love each other.

I love the siblings – Junseon, Gahee, Nahee and Dahee! Gyujin and Jaesook too! If i had to choose:

Dahee and Jaesook is my favorite couple. Not only do the actors look alike, they just have this sweet vibe and they match perfectly. I love Nahee and Gyujin but they keep fighting like kids, sometimes I wonder how they manage to stay together. Or maybe it’s really just opposite attract.

Jaesook is the best boyfriend. He supports Dahee 100%, he is very sweet, understanding and romantic. He sings for her!! Brings her food. Meets her after work. Hangs out with her friends. His only flaw is that he is a little bit clingy (well, I think some girls like clingy guys).

Gahee is my favorite sibling. She looks so good in everything she wears. She is a cool mom, she stands up for herself and she is smart. She is caring and sensitive too. No wonder Hyosin fell in love with her despite the age gap, her divorce status and having a child.

Choyeon/Yeongsuk is my favorite ahjumma/market owner. She is smart and tough because of her upbringing. She defends the people who are down, she helps older people. Her flaw is being too nice that she takes care of other people even when they have betrayed her. She is simple and average looking but because of her personality, two guys fell in love with here in the drama, and she eventually dates a much younger and handsome guy! Not bad Choyeon!

Dahee is the best daughter in law, the best daughter, the best sister. She is the sweetest of them all. She may look like a pushover but once she sets her mind to it, she is stubborn. Maybe because she’s the youngest so she gets babied a lot but she knows when it’s time to remind the people that she can make her own decisions. She is nice to everyone, that’s why she can even tame the strictest and scariest mother in law (yes, that’s Yoonjung!)

Jihoon is the sweetest grandchild. He was hurt when his dad kept ignoring him. I felt so bad whenever he gets stood up by his dad. I’m glad he was able to meet and be friends with Hyosin. He needed a stand up adult to mentor him or else I’m sure he would have grown up to be a bad child. Kudos to Gahee for raising a young and mature son. Even at a young age, he is sensitive to his mom’s feelings and when dad wanted to get back together with Gahee, he said no and chose to be happy with his mom. Plus, he also encouraged Hyosin and Gahee.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Samjin Company English Class (2020)

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Movie: Samjin Company English Class (삼진그룹 영어토익반)
Release Date: October 21, 2020
Runtime: 110 min.
Country: South Korea

Plot:
The ladies working in Samjin Company are good at their jobs and are taking English classes together to get promoted in the company. One day, during a routine site check, Ja Young discovers something about the company and she and her friends uses their brains and connections to uncover the truth, despite the opposition.

Main Cast:
E Som – Jung Yoona
Ko Asung – Lee Ja Young
Park Hyesu – Sim Boram

Review:
Korean movies always look deceiving. One look at the poster I thought this was a funny movie about women trying to learn English in the 90s but it’s so much more than that.

They all work in a company where women are mostly doing menial jobs for the male employees like secretary, office manager. One day on a routine check, Dorothy discovers toxic wastewater being dumped in the rivers and causing an entire village to get sick. This would remind you a little bit of Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockavitch movie but not so serious.

The story shows a lot of women power and friendship. The ladies English class work together to uncover the truth despite the odds. I also love some of the men trying to support the ladies in their goal. This must have been hard during this period when women were facing a lot of discrimination at the office.

The movie is set in the 90s so i loved the fashion, the hair, the music and these kept the show from being boring. The ending of who the bad guy is predictable but this was still a fun movie.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Scripting Your Destiny (2021)

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Drama: Scripting Your Destiny (당신의 운명을 쓰고 있습니다)
Network: TVING
Episodes: 10
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Runtime: Friday 16:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
A diety of destiny falls in love with a human.

Main Cast
Ki Do Hoon – Shin Ha Yoon
Jeon So Nee – Go Chae Kyung
Park Sang Nam – Myung
Kim Woo Seok – Jung Bareum
Kal So Won – Sam Shin
So Hee Jung – Mi Soon

Review:
This is a short web drama (10 eps at 25mins each) so the story is fast paced. We don’t get the full setup of the characters or the god of diety rules but enough to understand the story. The plot is interesting, actually I feel like the material is good enough for a full fledged drama. However, because the story is so short, there is not much time for the viewers to really think of the main theme of the story or how it really translated in the execution of the story. I honestly wasn’t sure how I feel about the destiny written by god should be followed versus this is your life, you make your own choices (aka free will).

I mean, I love Hayoon and Chae Kyung. Somehow they’re destined to be with each other, that’s why they keep meeting so many times. But who wrote it so as Chae Kyung will be destined to be with Hayoon (was it Myung who was in-charge in writing Chae Kyung’s life)? But why would you do that knowing full well that Hayoon is a god and you can’t pair a god with a human because as soon as the god feels human emotions, he disappears? It’s just so cruel, not just to Hayoon but also to Chae Kyung who will have to suffer that same fate and most likely stay forever alone in her lifetime.

The ending wasn’t satisfying. *Spoilers ahead*

I thought it could have ended at ep 9 and I would be happy. Because that’s what we were made to understand. That as soon as Hayoon feels emotions, he will disappear, and dieties are only given 3 chances then they disappear forever. If that’s the case, what the heck happened in episode 10??? Hayoon is back with no memory of Chae Kyung, he is now Myung, leading the newbie dieties. He ends up meeting her again (Chae Kyung wished for it) it was weird, like we’re back to square 1. Are they going to repeat the cycle forever? See how awful that is? Hayoon even said I may not remember you but I hope she never forgets him! So selfish!!!

They also sometimes bend the rules of diety elimination to suit the story. There was one diety who disappeared as soon as he defended a human but it took some time for Hayoon to disappear. He even kissed Chaekyung, they hugged etc and he was able to say goodbye to her. Plus, why does Hayoon get to be back on earth as a diety while Myung disappears because he altered the will of life? And Sam shin went to school to meet with the cutie student, why is she still on earth?

Lastly, why do they have to make Chaekyung wear ugly curly hair?? It doesn’t even impact the story or her character other than make her look different from high school.

Rating: 8/10 (8.5 upto episode 9 minus 0.5 for the terrible ending)


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Love You as the World Ends Season 01 Review

For the first time, I will be writing a review of a J-drama that I am currently watching. If you enjoyed watching zombie movies (Alive, Train to Busan, Peninsula) or series (Kingdom). This show is for you.

Synopsis

Hibiki Mamiya and Kurumi Ogasawara – The lead characters for the series

Hibiki Mamiya (Portrayed by Ryoma Takeuchi) is a car mechanic and lives with her girlfriend Kurumi Ogasawara (Portrayed by Ayami Nakajo). They have dated since they were high school. Hibiki plans to propose to her girlfriend but on the day of the proposal, he slides off a tunnel and becomes trapped. 4 days later he was able to escape but he faces a different world. No people outside, traffic systems are destroyed and bloodstains are everywhere on the streets. He later finds out that the town is filled with zombies (called as golems on the show). Unable to return home, he found refuge with a group of people who has able to survive the first wave of the golem attacks. Separated by the tragic events, Will Hibiki be able to reunite with Kurumi as they face the struggles of survival on a golem filled nation.

Series Thoughts

The first time I watched the series, it actually had that “Walking Dead” feel into it. It introduced us to different groups of people who wanted to survive on their own. What’s different on this series is that it was revealed that a certain doctor created the virus that turns humans into golems and the shocking revelation was that Hibiki’s mom (who died years ago before the events of the series) was the first golem to be created by the doctor. At the end of the series the evil doctor succumbed to death after being shot by Hibiki after transforming to a golem.

Hiro Todoroki (Portrayed by Show Kasamatsu), Hibiki’s long time friend and rival to Kurumi
Kanae Hiiragi (Portrayed by Marie Iitoyo) and Yohei Komoto (Portrayed by Makita Sports), comrades of Hibiki Mamiya
Doctor Koki Shuto (Portrayed by Kenichi Takito), the antagonist of Season 1. The creator of the golem virus

The supporting cast were also critical on how the series went out, unfortunately the series didn’t provide a quick backstory to the characters throughout the series.

There were a lot of casualties on this series so expect that some characters will not be appearing on season 2

Final Thoughts

The concept might not be new as we have seen a lot of shows that has the same concept but the love story that looms within the series is different compared to other shows that we have seen so far. This show does not shy away from violence as this was streamed through Hulu. What I liked on the series is how the story progresses and how the interaction of the characters evolve on the series. Are we expecting a new set of antagonists for season 2 —– yes. Are we expecting to see more deaths and new characters —– probably, I just hope that season 2 does not stray away from the original story.

Score8/10: The series has a lot of potential gearing towards season 2. I will write a separate review for Season 2 once it is completed.