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The Sense Coach (2021)

Watched a Netflix show starring Lee Su Geun. I think he is funnier in variety shows but not bad. Felt more like an advice show that stand up comedy. And 40 mins is too short.

His stories were simple and relatable, like listening to your witty uncle during a party. I could watch him talk all day and listen to his stories cause he is so amiable.

“Regardless of your gender and age, and what point you’re in your life, live the life you want without worrying about what others think.”

Rating: 8/10

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This Guy is the Biggest Mistake in My Life (2020)

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Drama: This Guy is the Biggest Mistake in My Life (この男は人生最大の過ちです)
Network: TV Asahi, ABC
Episodes: 10
Release Date: January 18 – March 21, 2020 (TV Asahi) / January 19 – March 22, 2020 (ABC)
Runtime: Saturday 26:30 (TV Asahi) / Sunday 23:35 (ABC)
Country: Japan

Plot:
Sato was mourning the loss of her dog Chocolate when a guy hit on her in a bar. She gets angry and scolds him. He was shocked and immediately fell in love with her. The next day, he turns out to be his boss and calls him into her office. He tells her to treat her like her slave and follows her everywhere.

Main Cast
Mokomichi Hayami – Kyoichi Amagi
Airi Matsui – Yui Sato
Michiko Tanaka – Sae Mishima
Jingi Irie – So Natori
Yuta Hiraoka – Koshiro Aida

Review:
I really liked the first 5 episodes (or up until their trip to the ryokan.) The drama was laugh out loud funny and light. But the second half felt different, with the addition of Sae and Aida and got a little boring.

This is a manga adaptation so i threw all logic and real life out of the window. The guy is creepy and stalkerish but he sounds sincere and seems to really like Sato. He just needed to tone down his obsessive ways or learn to control himself and listen to Sato. Moco was so good at portraying Amagi. He never got angry or raised his voice. He loved her for who she was, gave her everything she wanted and more. I think if he actually stopped stalking her and treated her properly, Sato would have fallen head over heels for him too. I know it’s wrong, but I laughed every time Amagi holds on to and smells her ankles. And that episode where he brought a whole feast to her office so she can have dinner. The food spelled out her name and the dessert was a cake with her face. ROTFL!!!

I wasn’t really sure how Sato really felt which was disappointing because the show kept emphasizing that people need to be honest with their own feelings. Half of the time, it felt like Sato liked him back but just got creeped out of his behavior, sometimes it felt like she was pitying him, then she would burst and slam him to the floor. “Stop following me!” But she kept joining him for dinner, talking to him, cared for him. When Sato though Amagi died, she laid out her honest feelings to Amagi but when he woke up, she denied it and beat him up again. Between the two, I actually felt bad for Amagi and wished he wises up and leave Sato to find another nicer woman.

Good thing this drama was short. 10 episodes at 20 mins (or less) per episode. So this was a breezy watch. There’s not much character growth though and nothing really happened story-wise. The guy just kept pursuing Sato. Sato will feel bad, think that maybe she likes him, then will beat up Amagi And stalk off. Amagi gets turned on and continue to pursue her. Repeat 10x.

I didn’t like Sae. I thought she was an unnecessary nuisance to the story – meant to make Sato feel jealous. And she didn’t. or so I think. It felt like she was jealous or is it more like being possessive because Amagi’s affections are not centered on her?? (But she still won’t accept his feelings).

A part of me thinks she should have just chosen Aida then Amagi will stop chasing her. (But Aida is also a little bit weird).

I didn’t expect the ending (is that it???). I thought the time alone would have made Sato realize that she likes Amagi but when Amagi showed up and gave her the curative medicine, she just got angry again and beat him up. I saw the medicine and thought “Awwww. he really likes her!!” It was the sweetest proposal I’ve seen. Can’t she appreciate his efforts even if she turns down his affections?

Another laugh out loud moment was the realization that Amagi was in every picture of her trip. It was so dang hilarious!!!

Do I want a season 2? Not really.

Rating: 7/10

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18 Again (2020)

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Drama: 18 Again (18 어게인)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: September 7 – November 10, 2020
Runtime: Mon & Tue 21:30

Plot

Main Cast
Kim Haneul – Jung Dajung
Lee Do Hyun – Hong Dae Young / Go Woo Young
Yoon Sang Hyun – Hong Dae Young
Ryeo Un – Hong Siwoo
Roh Jeong Eui – Hong Sia
Kim Gang Hyun – Go Deok Jin
Lee Mi Do – Chu Aerin
Wi Ja Hoon – Ye Ji Hoon
Lee Ki Woo – Choi Il Kwon
Kim Yuri – Ok Hye In
Choi Bomin – Seo Ji Ho
Hwang In Yeop – Gu Jasung

Review
This is easily one of my top dramas for 2020! Everything about the drama was beautiful!! The three leads were so terrific and their chemistry worked so well. There was a seamless transition between Woo Young and Dae Young, it really felt like they were the same people. Kim Haneul is gorgeous as always.

Just see the main cast! I put almost everyone in the list because everyone, including the supporting characters had their own stories and it didn’t bog down the story. In fact, it added to the richness of this drama. There were so many side stories going on and almost everyone’s stories had closure.

The love the wonderful and heartbreaking journey of Dajung and Dae Young. They got married young, they had regrets, they broke up. But in the end, they found their way back to each other. It’s rare to be able to hold on to your first love. It’s normal that things may not always be happy. So many people would have given up just like them. But still there are some where the love is so great that they are able (and willing) to work it out, be honest with each other and love more.

The visuals!! 🥰 all the guys were handsome and the girls were pretty! I loved the baby love triangle between Ji Ho, Si ah and Jasung.

Perfect balance of laughter and tears. My favorite storyline was of Dae Young and his dad and the sign language scene 😭.

And when Sia finally called up Dae Young to tell him she misses her dad.

I wish there were more scenes between the twins. They dont seem to be close and they don’t talk to each other.

I also loved Dae Young’s relationships with Siwoo and Sia. He really matured alot when he had the chance to be their classmate and friend.

How sweet Dae Young is to Dajung’s mom.

I love the friendship between Dae Young and Deok Jin, Dajung and Aerin. And all four of them together! But absolutely love Aerin and i want to have a best friend like her!

The cinematography was so pretty too. And the OST. Im sad they didnt release the OST album coz i really wanted to get my copy.

I did feel bad for Ji Hoon. Without Dae Young, i would not have minded if Dajung ended up with him. But Jihoon didn’t have a chance because Dajung never liked him more than as friends.

So many life lessons about dreams, family, marriage and relationships.

“There are days when we hated each other. But thanks to that, we understand each other better. We learn to appreciate each other more. And we love more. There were more days when we were happier. For that happiness, we decided to love our decisions . We chose people based on love. And we are grateful for our decisions.”

“In life, even if you miss out on happiness, as long as you have that one person who will look for happiness with you, your life will be worth living. Dont forget that you love each other. Be disappointed that you cannot cherish each other better. And promise for a better tomorrow. Just like that, our lives will continue.”

Rating: 9.5/10

If you can’t get enough of the leads, then watch Men on a Mission episode where they guested to promote their drama.

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Backstreet Rookie (2020)

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Drama: Convenience Store Saetbyul (편의점 샛별이)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 16
Release Date: June 19 – August 8, 2020
Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:00

Plot
Choi Dae Hyun runs his family’s convenience store. One day, Jung Saetbyul comes in to apply for a part timer in the convenience store. Their lives were never the same again. A beautiful story about family, relationships and overcoming life’s troubles and achieving your dreams.

Main Cast
Ji Chang Wook – Choi Dae Hyun
Kim Yoo Jung – Jung Saetbyul
Han Sun Hwa – Jung Yeon Joo
Ahn Sol Bin – Jung Eunbyul
Kim Min Kyu – Kang Ji Wook
Seo Ye Hwa – Hwang Geumbi
Eum Moon Suk – Han Dalsik
Kim Sun Young – Kong Bong Hee
Lee Byung Joon – Choi Yongpil

Review
There were so many negative feedback even before this drama started, but I wanted to watch this for myself before I judge this drama so that at least my opinion is actually based on facts and not just what i read in the headlines or articles.

Just from the trailer and the plot alone, you wouldn’t realize that this story is actually about family and personal worth. We have 3 main families here, Daehyun’s family, Yeonjoo’s family and the Jung sisters.

Daehyun’s family may be average/middle class but i think his parents raised him well. I’m not going to talk about the sister because i think her character was made to be more of a comic relief. Daehyun is sweet and sensitive. He works hard, supportive and willing to put his life and job on the line to protect his loved ones.

His mother is especially amazing. Even when she knew what happened to Daehyun and her husband, she sucked it in and accepted the money from Yeonjoo’s mother to be able to become the Queen of Insurance. Great performance by Kim Sun Young here, i could every pain that she must have felt. Likewise, the moving scene between the parents when they were eating chicken feet made me cry a lot. They may not be rich, but everyone has their own and no one has the right to trample on them. Likewise, i love that the family knows their value and didn’t let Yeonjoo’s family break them.

The only thing that i disliked is after all that Yeonjoo’s mom did to Daehyun – she told him to go back to Yeonjoo! WHAT!! i thought this was totally out of her character and was just created for a last minute conflict heading to the finale. And her reason is because she didn’t want Daehyun to become like her. Again, here are people who do not seem to realize and give Daehyun a chance to show them how great and successfull he can be. he doesnt need Yeonjoo’s money and connections. It didn’t matter to him at all. And again, it’s a lesson for use viewers – that it’s okay to be average and not yearn for money or success. What’s more important is doing things what would make you happy and not lose your self-worth.

On the other hand, Yeonjoo’s family is wealthy but looks down on people. The mom was really so terrible. Daehyun’s family has always been simple and never arrogant, and they did not deserve being insulted and humiliated the way Yeonjoo’s family did. and Yeonjoo’s behavior did not help. She may have loved Daehyun, but not enough to fully accept him. She lied partly because she didn’t want Daehyun’s attitude to change and partly because she is also embarrassed of him. That she can’t even trust Daehyun to not be a golddigger and that he is honorable enough that he will work hard to support her in the future.

Daehyun tried his best and gave it all for Yeonjoo but she just neglected his efforts. When she realized how bad Director Cho was, it was too late to see Daehyun for what he was – great guy that she was stupid enough to let go. And i’m glad she did, because Daehyun deserves a better girl, who will accept him and support him. And even after Yeonjoo is regretful and tried to begged Daehyun to come back to her, instead of repenting and being a better person, she resorted to the same tactics that Director Cho did to Daehyun, but attacking Saetbyul secretly.

Ugh! I didn’t like the end where she just decided to go to the US. It felt like she just ran away and didn’t even admit or apologized to Daehyun. Also the final scene when Daehyun’s mom schooled Yeonjoo’s mom was also not enough/felt too rushed. But i guess Yeonjoo’s mom will never change and what’s more important is showing Daehyun’s mom standing up for her family and know she is worth so much more than all the money that Yeonjoo’s family has.

The Jung sisters had a tough life. Even when they keep taking hits, Saetbyul continued to be a good person, and it’s all because of her dad. The dad may have passed away but he made an impact not only on the sisters’ lives, but also on Jiwook and Daehyun’s lives, which is amazing. Eunbyul may come off as a selfish brat, but i also realized how tough it must have been to grow up without parents, with no money and continued pressures from her school mates. I’m glad that her dream of being an idol came true, and all her hard work started to pay off. Maybe she can help Saetbyul this time around, with money and generally jsut to not be such a trouble maker.

More than following Daehyun around and wanting to be with him, what i appreciate most about Saetbyul is that she is one tough and mature lady. She may be young but she grew up early and is hard working, just like Daehyun. I think Saetbyul was even more mature than Yeonjoo, who is supposedly older and wiser.

A lot of people were uncomfortable because she was too young compared to Daehyun, who is supposed to be 30, but I’d say other than education, they are almost on the same level. They understand each other. They support each other. They can even tell what one is thinking even through their own funny gestures. As they say, age doesn’t matter. I see this no different from a 25 year old woman falling in love with a 40 year old guy and this happens in real life.

I think it just feels weird seeing Saetbyul (and Geumbi) wearing high school uniforms. But the story starts 3 years after when they first met, and Saetbyul is perfectly of legal age at this point. And all through out the show and even in the last episode, the drama was sensitive enough not to show any kissing scenes or anything sexual. They were usually more hugging and holding hands, yet still showed how pure and romantic their love is.

Also, i loved that every time Saetbyul feels down or doubts herself, Daehyun is always the first to tell her that she is amazing. That she is enough and she has done a lot at such a young age. I was sad that Saetbyul did the noble idiot thing, but I could understand why. She felt so grateful for Daehyun’s family for taking her in and she didn’t want to be the one that betrays and causes hurt to their family, esp the mom. I wish there a scene between mom and Saetbyul for mom to apologize for what she said though.

And I was honestly expecting a time jump, especially when Daehyun said he is willing to wait for her when she’s ready. But it was episode 16 and they had to rush the ending, which is okay although it felt rushed and everyone wrapped up so quickly.

The other problematic that non-viewers hated was Dalsik’s character. i personally loved The Fiery Priest so i have a very soft spot for the actor, Eum Moon Suk. Likewise, i can see that the humor from the Fiery Priest carried over into some of the scenes and dialogues, although less laugh out funny. I think the Eum Moon Suk’s pairing with Seo Yehwa was pure gold! Yehwa as Geumbi was so funny and charming, although OTT sometimes.

A lot of people are saying Dalsik’s character totally disrespected black culture, but Dalsik never tried to be black in the show. He never acted black except for wearing the dreads and the Jamaican clothes. He loves Marley and he is writing a webtoon about a reggae boy. To get into character, he dressed up like one so he could feel the emotions of the webtoon he is writing about. I heard instances where actors/actresses do the same thing, so that they can get into character. and after he finished writing the webtoon, he changed his whole appearance. Likewise, how many of you have fangirled/fanboyed so much that you copied your favorite person’s/character’s clothes, mannerisms, interests? Aren’t we all the same? Some people even go to the extreme and do plastic surgery to look like their idols.

As for Geumbi and Dalsik, at the start, they provided a lot of the gross and funny comedy, but there’s also a lesson to be learned here. They only looked at each other’s appearance and hated each other. But once they started talking to each other, they realized how much in common they have. And we do that a lot of times. If we can get past the biases that we have, it will open us to a lot more great opportunities that we would have missed because we focused on not learning more. Just like how people immediately crossed this drama off their list without even giving it a chance.

And turns out Dalsik’s family is actually rich! Even wealthier than Geumbi’s family! But despite that, Dalsik was never arrogant. He wanted to make it on his own and didn’t used his family’s wealth to get ahead. That’s another lesson right there folks!

Last comparison, Geumbi’s family and Dalsik’s family are both rich, but they grew up to be good people, vs Yeonjoo’s family who is also rich but treats people badly. Again, not all families and people are the same. So we need to treat each other with the same respect as we do for others.

Overall, i loved this drama because the characters are relatable and there are so many lessons to be learned/reminded of that we can use in our own lives.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Triad Princess (2019)

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Drama: Triad Princess (極道千金)
Genre: Action, romance, comedy
Episodes: 6
Broadcast network: Netflix
Broadcast period: 2019-Dec-06
Country: Taiwan

Plot
The daughter of a gangster dreams of being independent and away from the shadow of her father. She runs away and finds work as a bodyguard of a famous actress, who is also the love team of her favorite actor!

Main Cast
Jasper Liu – Xu Yi Hang
Eugenie Liu – Angie
Chang Zhang Xing – Lin Gui
Hong Yan Xiang – Ding Ding
Cecilia Choi – Julia
Tsao Yu Ning – Eddie Chin

Review
Short but oh so sweet! I was expecting this to be a light cheesy romcom but was surprised that it also had a lot of heart! Despite only having 6 episodes and the super quick romance between Yihang and Angie, i totally believed in them and wanted them to be together!

Angie looked as cool when she is tough and fighting the guys, but then gets super cute and swoony everytime she hears and see Yihang. She wants to get away from her father’s strict rules and overprotectiveness by running away and trying to work on her own. She gets a chance to be the bodyguard of a famous actress, who is the love team of her favorite actor! I love that Angie is more than just a sheltered “princess”. She is actually level headed and willing to help someone in need. She yearns to have her own and be independent but how can she get away from her family and their lifestyle?

On the other hand, Yihang is so cute with his adorable dimples and wide smile! He is the actor known for his good looks but wants to be taken more seriously. He is starting to write his own script but the increasing pressure from media and netizen to have this “good guy image” is suffocating him.

There’s an instant connection between Angie and Yihang and they immediately fall in love. A little bit rushed but considering the drama had 6 episodes, they were still able to write the romance in a way that it was believable and you would root for them to beat the odds.

Angie is so sick of lousy boyfriends who always cheated on her so she felt disappointed and let down when Yihang publicly told everyone she was just an assistant when he just texted her a few minutes ago and he is ready to go public with them. I totally understand why Angie reacted that way, but i also wished she gave him a chance to explain. Between Yihang and Angie, Yihang had so much more to lose! And yet in the end he stopped not because he was afraid of his popularity but he was afraid that his fans and the public will bully Angie and treat her negatively. On the other hand, Angie didn’t think think of the possiblity that her family ties will bring him down and she only left when she felt let down. I thought if Angie really loved him and was as selfless as Yihang was, she also would have paused or tried to understand him.

I liked the addition of Eddie Chin as the fiance who seemed like a nice guy, but totally blew my mind when we find out he’s a jerk! Well, what do we expect? he’s the son of a ganglord in HK and is used to getting things his way.

I also liked the stories of the other characters –
– Sophie was like a b*tch robot but i cried when she said “i love morons”. I wished she would live more and be happier. She shouldn’t blame herself for an accident.
– I also liked Liu Yin and i hope she finds Hao Hao! I hate the ex, i can’t believe they expect to just throw him in the water and die. I mean, Yihang is still alive right? and Grr! that ending with Eddie teaming up with the ex is going to be bad.
– Ding ding and Gui were so funny and cute at the same time!

Please tell me there is going to be a season two!

Rating: 8.5/10