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Always (2011)

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Movie: Always (오직 그대만)
Release Date: October 20, 2011
Runtime: 108 min.
Distributor: Showbox
Country: South Korea

Plot
A love story between a struggling boxer and a blind woman. Can they beat the odds and have a happy ever after or are they destined to have a tragic ending?

Main Cast
So Ji Sub – Cheol Min
Han Hyo Joo – Jung Hwa

Review
So Ji Sub really makes sad tortured souls with a heart of gold look so dreamy. or maybe I am just a big fan of him. I couldn’t stop staring at his eyes, brushing his messy hair and hug him and say “It’s alright”.

Jung Hwa is lucky she meet a decent guy who didn’t care if she was blind, and didn’t take advantage of her. It was just a bonus that Cheol Min was handsome and sexy.

I actually didn’t expect a happy ending since Korean movies tend to go darker than Kdramas. I really thought Cheol Min will sacrifice himself by donating his own eyes to Jung Hwa because he felt guilty that he indirectly caused the accident that made her blind. Maybe because I just recently re-watched this super classic music video of Kiss – Because I’m a Woman. LOL.

I can’t say I agree with Cheol Min’s idea to pay for Jung Hwa’s surgery but I guess that’s the best that he could do given the situation. And him not contacting Jung Hwa after was understandable since he was also in pain and needed to recover.

That scene when Jung Hwa finally recognized Cheol Min made me also cry and I’m so happy when they met again!! Cheol Min accepted Jung Hwa as she were, and likewise, Jung Hwa is there to support Cheol Min too. I believe they are still together now, and still very happy!

Rating: 8.5/10

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New Year Blues (2021)

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Movie: New Year Blues (새해전야)
Release Date: February 10, 2021
Runtime: 114 min.
Distributor: Acemaker Movie Works
Country: South Korea

This is a story of 4 different couples a week before New Year. The movie is quite long, clocking in at almost 2 hours. Halfway I was started to get a little bored because the story kept switching between the 4 couples. I think 4 was too much. This would have been better if there were only 3 couples that we needed to focus on.

My fave couple was Kim Kang Woo and Yoo Inna (or maybe I’m just biased towards Kangwoo 😊). I like the gruff bodyguard and sweet female couple.

My fave story/ending was Lee Dong Hwi and Chen Du Ling plus Yum Hye Ran as the sister. I also cried when Dong Hwi’s character was confessing to his fiance. and laughed when he came out of the drum.

The most romantic setting is Lee Yeon Hee and Yoo Yeon Seok in Argentina although their story seems out of place. (Sidenote: why does Yeonhee keeps going abroad when she gets heartbroken lol) and the funny cameo of Choi Siwon.

The one I was confused because I didn’t know why they were fighting in the first place was Yoo Teo and Choi Soo Young’s characters. They seemed to be okay, I think it was more on guilt from the guy’s side.

Overall it was a nice holiday film.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Moonlight (2021)

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Drama: Moonlight (月光变奏曲)
Country: China
Episodes: 36
Aired: May 20, 2021 – Jun 6, 2021
Aired On: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Original Network: iQiyi, iQiyi
Duration: 45 min.

Plot
A cute love story between an editor and her author.

Main Cast
Ryan Ding Yuxi – Zhou Chuan
Esther Yu Shu – Chu Li
Yang Shi Ze – Jiang Yu Cheng
Ma Yin Yin – Gu Bai Zhi

Review:
For my favorite scenes, please check out these posts:
Moonlight (2021) Eps 1-18
Moonlight eps. 19-35

My first completed CDrama for the year!! Light romcom with a few heart tugging scenes. Hands down my favorite part of this drama is the winning chemistry between Zhou Chuan and Chu Li. They were perfectly matched. Zhou Chuan may have been a fool during the first part, but I’m glad that when it counts, he gives it all. He is always sincere towards Chu Li and think of her well being. Likewise, Chu Li is always there to support Zhou Chuan at work and at home. I’m glad there were not a lot of “big” fights except for that one time, but Zhou Chuan quickly redeemed himself.

I also loved bromance between Zhou Chuan and Jiang Yu Cheng. I really admire their friendship.. they tease each other and always try to be better than the other like how guys are like. But they also have each other’s backs when needed. Zhou Chuan supported Yu Cheng during his break ups and his new novel. While Yu Cheng advises Zhou Chuan on relationships (even though he fails big time lol) and during the ghostwriting scandal, he was one of the first who thought of finding a solution to his problem.

One of the storylines that I didnt expect would touch me is the the relationship between Zhou Chuan and his father. That part when Zhou Chuan was being battered by the internet trolls, his father didn’t hesitate to support his son, even though he may not always approve of him. Ryan Ding’s acting when he realized what his father has done, and how he has kept all of his school works, and finally when he won the Huazhi award which was handed to him by his father were my favorites. I wanted to cry and hug him too.

I love books and writing so the publishing house setting and having a glimpse of how book publishing works was so interesting to me. What I didn’t like was Editor Miao who was so unprofessional!!

Also, it was very unbelievable how Chu Li is so good at her job. She was intern and was able to sign the best authors without any experience. She always had the best solutions to each problem that even the chief editors couldn’t solve. She would go against the deputy editor, the head of Circulation Dept like it was a piece of cake. In reality I know it’s so impossible to happen. She also rose from intern to deputy editor to chief editor in just 4 ( or 5?) years which is also very unlikely. And whoever styled her should have been fired. She was always in baggy clothes or casual attire in the office.

Of course, the drama is not complete without stunning cinematography and the nice soundtrack. Both Esther and Ryan sing in the soundtrack and I love their voices.

On the down side, I didn’t like eps 31-35 that much — the ghost writing scandal and especially that storyline about the obsessed school mate/celebrity. I think there could have been better plots that could have challenged Zhou Chuan’s career and his relationship with Chu Li.

I like Jang Yu Cheng as Zhou Chuan’s best friend and author, but I didn’t like his love story with Gu Bai Zhi. The first half was so boring, I didn’t really care if they get together or not. I also didn’t like the old lady’s scenes. I just fast forwarded all of her scenes because it felt like it was “forcing” Gu Bai Zhi and Jiang Yu Cheng to remember their past. Gu Bai Zhe also looked cold, I wanted to side with Yu Cheng. I started rooting for them when they were flirting and were getting back together. But as quickly as they got back, they broke up again because it turns out, it was also Yu Cheng being a jerk to Bai Zhi and not trusting her. They eventually got back together although it didn’t feel “grand”. But what I appreciated most is the two of them, acknowledging their issues and promising to work on them and their relationship.

Rating: 9/10

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Crazy Romance (2019)

Movie: Crazy Romance (가장 보통의 연애)
Release Date: October 2, 2019
Runtime: 109 min.
Genre: Romantic-Comedy / Drama / Office
Production Company: Zip Cinema
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Country: South Korea

Review:
Gong Hyo Jin is the queen of romcom! 😊 I love how natural she always looks and even though she is not the conventional beauties like Song Hye Kyo or Jun Ji Hyun, she has a magnetic presence on screen. I also like Kim Rae Won when he’s doing romance or romcoms. Supposedly the literal translation of this movie is “The Most Ordinary Romance” and I think it is more appropriate than “Crazy”.

There’s nothing crazy about the movie, just 2 adults who came out of failed relationships, had misunderstandings and gradually (or grudgingly) fell in love. I like it because it felt real.

The only thing I didnt like was there were too many drunk scenes that I was also confused like them if what they were saying were sincere or it was the liquor talking. But i think from the very start they already noticed each other, and felt the same pull, that’s why even heartbroken they couldnt stay away.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Moonlight eps. 19-35