Posted in kvariety

Unexpected Business (2021)

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Variety Show: Unexpected Business (어쩌다 사장)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 11
Air Dates: February 25 to May 6, 2021
Location: Woncheon-ri, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Plot:
Cha Tae Hyun and Jo In Sung takes over a convenience store/bar for 10 days while the owner is away. Every day, their celebrity friends come over to help them run the store.

Main Cast:
Cha Tae Hyun – manager
Jo In Sung – chef

Part-timers:
Park Bo Young, Yoon Kyung Ho, Kim Jae Hwa, Park Kyung Hye, Shin Seung Hwan, Nam Joo Hyuk, Park Byung Eun, Park Inbee, Nam Gi Hyeob, Park Inah, Yoon Si Yoon, Dong Hyun Bae, Jo Bo Ah, Hong Kyung Min

Review:
Just loved Cha Tae Hyun and Jo In Sung even more after watching the show! Totally unexpected indeed, esp seeing Insung in a variety show as the main cast, and I think he did well.

Park Bo Young was the perfect guest to start the show. She is so cute and smart!

My favorite episodes were when Yoon Kyung Ho, Kim Jae Hwa and Park Kyung Hye came over. Their dinner scene was so much fun!! Really felt like the were really close. Teasing each other, singing together as we do with our long time buddies.

Shin Seung Hwan has a huge appetite! I think some people might find him annoying, because he kept eating, but Tae Hyun is so nice, he just laughed and laughed at him. At first I thought he was being rude for eating food that is not his, but then I thought Tae Hyun and Insung has so much food it would be a waste if they don’t finish them all. I also liked how good he was at thinking of food pairings because I do that too!

I also loved the fishing trip and playing in the snow – it made me miss going out so much!

Inbee and Gi Hyeob is couple goals!! They looked so sweet and romantic! And I loved the Thai food they cooked!

I wish the episode with Yoon Si Yoon and Dong Hyun Bae were longer. Maybe they were too busy that day, but I felt like they didn’t have much time to bond.

I didn’t really like Jo Bo Ah in Tale of Nine Tailed, but seeing her here made me see her in a new light. She is sweet and charming! I hope also tries romcom so we can see her funny side!

Rating: 9/10

Posted in kdrama

oh my ghost eps. 1-10

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i went to KL for a few weeks in October and November and couldn’t watch any new kdramas so i ended up watching this show in Netflix.

Drama: Oh My Ghost (오 나의 귀신님)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 3 – August 22, 2015
Runtime: Fri & Sat 20:30
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Na Bong-Sun (Park Bo-Young) works as an assistant chef. Because of her timid personality and low self-esteem, she doesn’t have any friends. Since she was a child, she has been able to ghosts because of her shaman grandmother. One day, she becomes possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.

Kang Sun-Woo (Cho Jung-Seok) is a star chef. Na Bong-Sun has a secret crush on him. He is good looking and confident as a chef. Even though he is popular with women, he has yet to get over his ex-girlfriend. He begins to notice Na Bong-Sun after her sudden change.

Halftime review:

I heard lots of good things about this show so i finally took the chance to watch a few episodes. I admit i’m not that invested, and it’s mostly because i dont feel the chemistry between Bongsun and Sunwoo. One, Bongsun seems too young and inexperienced for the celebrity chef. Two, the only reason Sun Woo started to notice her was when the ghost possessed Bong sun, so technically, i dont believe that Sun woo is in love with Bongsun, but rather he’s in love with Soon-ae as Bong sun. I dont like Bong sun, i always keep wishing Soon ae possesses her again so Bong sun will be livelier and more charming. I also dont believe that a celebrity chef will like an anonymous blogger’s simple dishes – i think it’s just a way to show that Sun woo really is in love with Bong sun even before the possessed Bong sun.

I am continuing to watch the show because of Soon ae, i want to find out how she died and how she can move on to heaven. i know the creepy brother in law is responsible for her death, i just dont know how. Is he also possessed – is he aware he is possessed by an evil spirit or is he one and the same? Kim Seul gi is also a refreshing actress to watch. She is so hilarious and at the same time can move you to tears.

It’s my first time to watch Jo Jung suk and i would say it wont be the last time. he’s actually cute and pretty good actor, though sometimes he has an expression on his face which i dont know if he’s acting or he’s laughing.

Ugh, the sous chef was annoying in Bring it on ghost and he’s also annoying in this show. he is so arrogant but trying to be cute. I wish Cordon will have a bigger role – i’m not sure if he’s supposed to be the second lead and if he has a one sided crush on Bongsun – but i think his simple and quiet personality matches that of Bongsun, more than Sunwoo. Now if only we can bring Soon ae back from the dead, then i am all for Sun woo and Soon ae pairing!

I’m not sure if i still want to finish the show, or if i will be fastforwarding the scenes just to see how it all ends.

Oh, funny how Park Bo Young ended up portraying 2 characters called Bong sun.

 

Posted in kdrama

strong woman do bong soon (2017)

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Drama: Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon (힘쎈여자 도봉순)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: February 24 – April 15, 2017
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Bong-Soon (Park Bo-Young) was born with superhuman like strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. One day, Bong-Soon helps out a bus driver who is being attacked by a thug. Soon, a small mob of thugs attack Bong-Soon, but she is easily able to wipe the floor with them. During this time, Min-Hyuk (Park Hyung-Sik) drives up to the scene of Bong-Soon beating up the group of thugs. Min-Hyuk is the CEO of video gaming company Ainsoft. He has recently received anonymous threats and even followed by an unknown person. Min-Hyuk believes Bong-Soon would make a great bodyguard with her amazing strength. Besides offering Bong-Soon high pay, he even offers her the chance of working in the planning department of his gaming company if she does well.

Meanwhile, crimes against women take place in the neighborhood where Bong-Soon lives. Detective Kook-Doo (Ji Soo) also lives in the same neighborhood. They have been friends since they were kids. Bong-Soon is also madly in love with him, but he has a girlfriend. Kook-Doo tries to solve the case and Bong-Soon and Min-Hyuk are pulled in.

Cast
Park Bo Young – Do Bong Soon
Park Hyung Sik – Ahn Min Hyuk
Ji Soo – In Guk Doo

Review:

I heard a lot of people saying this was funny and great series so even though I’m not familiar with the cast and I though the story might be juvenile, I tried watching this show. In terms of the cast/characters, there were a lot of contradictions in the Bong Soon character. At first I was very annoyed when uses her ‘baby’ voice to talk to people – but then i’m thinking maybe she is doing it as if trying to sound like a teenager will “weaken” her strong physical capabilities or maybe she really was just trying to act cute. She seems like she is tough when she faces the  bullies and is softhearted coz she tries to help other people, but i couldn’t understand why she was so rude to Minhyuk when she first joined his company. I thought she was so unprofessional. She accepted the job as a bodyguard and she didn’t seem to take it seriously. She uses brute force instead of honing her skills (maybe like trying to become fitter or practicing martial arts, etc), was belligerent to Minhyuk and talk back to him – if she were in a real company she would have been fired so fast her fists wont be able to help her. She acted cute like she was the offended party whenever Minhyuk tells her to act professional and as his bodyguard and was so petty – she should even thank Minhyuk for giving her a job she was clearly unqualified for. And she has the nerve to negotiate to move to the Development team when she has no prior skills or experience. But later during the show we see her become more mellow as she fell in love with Minhyuk and she started liking her job.  With Minhyuk’s help, she was able to control her temper and strength and use them in a better way without endangering the people around her. She still didn’t have a lot of brains til the end but at least she was more humble than when she first started. As for Minhyuk, I really liked his character and was surprised how well the actor acted – his facial expressions are super funny and totally outperformed Ji Soo. Minhyuk was smart, successful, rich, sweet, compassionate, took care of Bong soon a lot. I liked that he was willing to extend a hand to Bong soon and the police to help catch the killer and even to the point of almost getting killed himself. Ji Soo’s chracter was the one that was tough to like (in my case) and I think it’s mostly because of the actor -I think he also had one or two facial expressions the entire time. In terms of competency – he is tenacious for trying to solve the serial murder case to the end, but i also felt like he was always one step behind without Bong soon or Minhyuk to feed him clues.

As for the overall plot or storylines, I felt like there were too many side plots and too many characters that made the stories confusing and some episodes /characters that were not necessary. The first story about Minhyuk hiring Bong Soon to find out who his stalker was a disappointment. I already guessed that it was the brother that he was close to, but the story didn’t say why the brother did it – jealousy? and he just made a sad, i-was-kind-to-you-when-you-were-a-kid and Minhyuk was so quick to forgive him and the storyline ended just like that so I thought it was just put there so there’s a reason for the couple to meet. Then the whole side plot about the group of gangsters and the construction in the neighborhood, meeting the fake religious person was also boring and i couldn’t see the point of how to relates to the entire story. the side plot about the mom and her friends and her relationship with her husband and jealousy over Ji Soo’s mom was also so-so and just prolonged the episodes. The only side plot i kind of liked was Hee Jin and Bongsoon’s brother’s relationship and the gay officeworker who looked like the gangster – that was a bit hilarious though it eventually got old coz he just kept complaining and whining.

As for the main storyline of the serial killer, while it was thrilling trying to catch the guy, it was also a bit unbelievable because the guy doesn’t seem to have any work aside from a junk shop or even military experience but seemed so smart and outwitted them all. He seemed very handy with electronics and guns, he was also a nobody. it also doesn’t explain why he was doing it – i liked the whole idea of him becoming obsessed with a play he watched and trying to replicate it but then he never did get to complete his plan because then it became a personal grudge and starting targeting Bong soon and her friends. and like i said in the early paragraph, how come the police are so dumb not to have any clues on him at all?? they have to rely on him communicating with them to find out where he is and they had to use Bongsoon to catch him. The only useful thing that group of gangsters did was help them find out which boat he is taking to escape to China.

And for the talk about physical strength vs mental strength and women empowerment, they could have done a better job handling the topic. While Bong soon did mature a little bit by the end of the series, she was still basically using her physical strength and not a lot of smarts. and i dont think she was able to empower other people (and even women) because she just kept hidden /behind the scenes, so even though she helped a lot of people in their everyday lives (kind of like a neighborhood Spiderman), i didn’t feel like she made a difference.

In terms of the love triangle, i think there was no contest – Minhyuk was just the better guy – and i really dont know if it was the actor’s acting – but i never felt like Kook Doo really liked her. Even if he said that he didn’t realize that he already did, it was too late, etc., he didn’t really fight for her and showed her enough and i guess that’s why it was easy for Bong soon to fall for Minhyuk, who early on showed his interest and took care of her.

Overall, if you like fluffy young-ish romance with a bit of mystery/suspense and a couple of laughs, try this drama series. The show is very easy and addicting to watch.