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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
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She Was Pretty (2015)

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Drama: She Was Pretty (그녀는 예뻤다)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: September 16 – November 11, 2015
Runtime: Wednesday & Thursdays 21:55
Plot
Two childhood sweethearts meet again after 15 years. Sung Jun who used to be fat and unpopular, is now hot, handsome editor of a fashion magazine while Hye Jin who used to be pretty and popular is now ugly and jobless. She persuades her pretty best friend Hari to pretend to be her in front of Sung Jun so as not to disappoint him, but Hye Jin ends up taking an intern job at Most, where Sung Jun is working. Can Sung Jun figure out who is the real Hye Jin and will they end up falling in love?
Main Cast
Hwang Jung Eum – Kim Hye Jin
Park Seo Jun – Ji Sung Jun
Choi Siwon – Kim Shin Hyuk
Koh Joon Hee – Min Hari
Review
Because i just finished watching Revolutionary Love and attended Park Seo Jun’s fun meet that I decided to watch this drama. For the very first time in my 18 years of watching kdramas, I was torn between the main male lead and the male second lead. In fact, if my mind wasn’t hard wired to choose the main lead Sung Jun, i would have chosen Shin Hyun hands down. Sung Jun’s not bad — he is actually sweet and caring, but what really put me off was his really bad attitude at the start of the show. Seems like every time he feels pressure, he turns into a little monster and no matter how much nicer he treated Hye Jin when he fell in love with her, i will never forget how he made her feel so small and so humiliated in front of everyone when he thought she was just a loser. Seriously. How he treats his staff shows how much he treats people. I know, i should cut him a slack because everyone makes a mistake etc and he eventually apologized to her but Hye Jin should have told him off that he can’t treat people like that.Secondly, aside from that time when they were kids, i still dont know what they liked about each other as adults. I feel like it’s the nostalgia, more that anything that is keeping them connected and feeling in love. but it is a powerful feeling and i dont mind them ending up together.

Now Shin Hyuk, no matter how much a good catch he is and how much he also liked Hye Jin, i understand why he didn’t get the girl. he friendzoned himself, almost made fun of her and manipulated her, was always cracking jokes that when he finally is serious about her, Hye Jin didn’t believe him. and Hye Jin is really so stuck on Sung Jun, Shin Hyuk never had a chance except as a friend and older brother. I felt so bad for him — that time when he came running / rather driver in a motorcycle and got into an accident, and Sung Jin beat him to Hye Jin and he was limping all week without Hye Jin knowing what happened. and all those times he had to send her to Sung Jun while his heart his breaking.. and those 2 scenes that made me cry. One, when they had their date and he finally send goodbye to her and he was silently crying while driving back home, and when he met her one last time and hugged her. Aww.. i wish I can fly to wherever he went to in Europe and hug him back.

I love the friendship between Hye Jin and Hari. I didn’t feel angry at Hari – i could understand her, just like how Hye Jin understood her very well. She is starving for love and affection so you can’t blame her for liking Sung Jun because he was the only one who made her feel special even though it was really for Hye Jin. I actually thought that hari and Shin Hyuk were a fun pair — too bad they didn’t become a couple. I guess Shin Hyuk’s love for Hye Jin wouldn’t have been effective if he ended up with hari. and Shin Hyuk as Ten really seems like a loner and a private person.

Finally Hye Jin — i was delaying watching this because Hye Jin looked too “ugly” to watch. but as I watch her with her frizzy hair and red face and slowly changing to the sophisticated “Most” look, I realized how much i missed her old self. She was much more charming and real with her frizzy hair. Sometimes the actress was overacting a bit with her expressions but I eventually liked her and maybe that’s why guys like Sung Jun and Shin Hyuk are falling all over for her.

i recommended this drama to two of my friends and they loved it too!

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Rookie Historian ep. 6-8

Because it’s the long weekend, I am able to do a triple release. I’m starting to get invested in the story, so I couldn’t limit myself to 60 seconds. This exercise of reviewing an episode in just a minute is harder than I thought! Not because I can’t think of anything to say, but because I have too many things to say! But the restriction is a good thing because it makes me think of the crucial points that I want to talk about.

Episode 6

Hae Ryung files a petition to prevent the clerks from entering the palace. In retaliation, the clerks refused to work in the Royal Office of Decrees and HR ends up doing the clerk duties. Prince Down pretends to be one of the clerks and helps Hae Ryung for the day.

Episode 7

Prince Dowon was sent by the King to go to Pyongyang Province and console the sick people. Hae Ryung joins the trip and meets a past acquaintance. A simple trip turns out to be crucial when they realize that all is not well in the village. They also meet Mohwa, a female physician who proposes a radical solution to cure smallpox.

Episode 8

Prince Down makes a brave decision that can make or break the cure to smallpox. Mohwa is hunted by the gang of the Second state counsellor and manages to escape, but she leaves the prince’s group without a word. Prince Dowon travels back to the palace 10 days after the King demanded his return and faces the King’s wrath.

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Second Love (2015)

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Drama: Second Love (セカンド・ラブ)
Network: TV Asahi
Episodes: 7
Release Date: February 6 – March 20, 2015
Runtime: Friday 23:15 – 24:15
Country: Japan

Plot
Kei is a 28 year old contemporary dancer, who used to win awards and worked in a foreign dance company, but is now struggling to to pass auditions. He is currently working as a loader in a fishing company. One day he failed another audition and wanted to die, but he sees Yui Nishihara in the middle of a bridge, stretching her arms to the sun like a goddess and was captivated by her.

Meanwhile, Yui is in her 30’s and a teacher at prestigious female high school. She is having an affair with an older colleague who has a wife and a child. She also lives and supports her mother. She is not happy with her current situation. Kei goes to the school where Yui works and hands her his name and number. Yui took courage and met up with Kei. What happens next will change both of their lives.

Cast
Kazuya Kamenashi – Kei Taira
Kyoko Fukada – Yui Nishihara

Review
Yay! I actually tried watching different Korean/taiwanese dramas but couldn’t find the drama that will get me hooked. I tried watching Marriage Not Dating – the lead girl was annoying and Hotel King – Lee Dong Wook is gorgeous but i heard the story is bad, so I didn’t continue. I also tried watching 2 other taiwanese dramas but they were too cheesy.
So I ended up watching Second Love. I saw one reviewer totally trash this drama but i actually liked this drama a lot. I have expected japanese dramas to be more fast paced than the korean dramas so while i was suprrised that they were already sleeping together by the end of episode one and moving in together by end of episode 2 (or 3), it was okay for me since i know this show also has 7 episodes.
I think despite the relationship that seems fast forwarded, it was still able to tell the complete story. Boy meets girl, fall in love, move in together, boy becomes busy, girl feels bad, they fight and break up, years later they meet up and got back together.

the story was realistic. the guy is younger and girl is older – obviously they are at different points of their lives. The guy is still trying to jumpstart his career while the girl is settled and wants a family. of course they will clash. I dont blame Kei – he has worked so hard to redeem himself as a dancer and be respected and earn money that if i were his girlfriend, i would have encouraged him too and supported him coz i also want him to succeed. But i also understand Yui – she wants to settle down and Kei can still earn money and dance in Japan, why does he have to go overseas to work and leave her? But i love that both of them were mature and sensible. Even though it was painful, they knew they had to let each other go, especially for Yui, since she wasn’t selfish to Kei and at the same time, she didn’t break like her mother.

As for Kei, sometimes i wanted to shout at him. I dont know if it’s just bad acting but Kazuya had the same expression in almost every scene, i dont know what he is feeling or thinking most of the time. Kei loves Yui and yet ignored her when he became busy. and he kept insisting that he loves her and without Yui he wouldn’t be here right now (is it really love or he is just thankful)? it should not have come as a surprise to him when Yui broke up with him and refused to go with him. When the actor cried, that’s the only time i saw that Kei actually loved Yui too. But alas, i thought it wasn’t the right time for them.
A year later Kei comes back and realizes that work he did was great but it wasn’t meaningful because Yui was not beside him. he found her and begged her to take him back and i’m glad Yui resisted. kei can’t just come back as if nothing happened. Yui has her own life now, one that she is actually happy with and it doesn’t make sense for her to drop it and follow kei. (she didn’t do it before so why should she do it now?) this happened in episode 6 so i was actually scared that they will not end up together. They said their last goodbyes and went their separate ways for the second time. Super happy that by episode 7 they were finally together. at the right time. at the right place. at the right mindset.

There were several side characters that were both interesting and frustrating.

First is Yui’s mother. I hated her for being so dependent on Yui and being so selfish, not wanting Yui to have her own life. but it was nice to see that in the end, when Yui was sad and broken hearted, it was her mother who helped pick up the pieces and protected her.

Second is Naginagi, the older guy Yui had an affair with. First off, what the heck did Yui see in him? He’s not even good looking! Second, while he was nice enough to “hand” Yui over to Kei, i could understand when he got terrifying at Yui. His wife and kids left him and now that he’s free to be with Yui, Yui doesn’t want him anymore. And he sees Yui looking so sad. If i were Nagi, i would probably feel angry too. and i realized he must have really loved Yui that much. I’m glad they became friends in the end.

Now, on the other hand, Kei’s ex girlfriend is an annoying know it all meddling b*tch. I can’t believe the gall of her, talking to Yui like that. and I wish Kei was able to talk to Ayako and tell her to back off. He should know Ayako is ruining his relationship. Though i know Ayako means well, she still does not have the right to break Yui like that.

Fourth, the older lady teacher with the younger boyfriend. I thought she was cool! i’m glad Yui had someone she can talk to. I would also love a cool “sister” like her.

Lastly, the school girl who likes Yui. I honestly think she was unnecessary to the whole story. Like who cares about her?

Oh and i also found out that the two leads are actually dating in real life! That must be why there were sleeping scenes in every episode. Either i have not watched a lot of Jdramas lately or this was an exception.

Overall, this was a simple fast paced story – dont think too much about it and just enjoy the story and romance.

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Touch Your Heart (2019)

 

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Drama: Touch Your Heart (진심이 닿다)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: February 6 – March 28, 2019
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:30

Plot
Oh Yoon-Seo is a popular actress since she is pretty but her acting is terrible. One day, she gets involved in a drug scandal with the son from a chaebol family which causes a significant decline in her popularity. Yeon Seo finds out that a famous screenwrite wants her to play the lead female role for a drama. However because of her scandal and her bad acting, the screenwriter stated that Yeon Seo has to prepare for the role by working as a lawyer’s secretary for a few months. Yeon So’s manager asks his cousin-lawyer to hire her for a few months in his firm. The cousin, who is a big fan of Yeon Seo, agrees and asks his ace lawyer, Kwon Jung-Rok to let actress Oh Yoon-Seo work as his secretary for 3 months. Jung Rok is cold and direct, and is not happy about the situation, but he has to accept.

Main Cast
Lee Dong Wook – Kwon Jung Rok
Yoo In Na – Oh Yoon Seo
Lee Sang Woo – Kim Se won
Son Sung Yoon – Yoo Yeo Reum
Shim Hyung Tak – Choi Yoon Hyuk
Park Kyung Hye – Dan Moon Hee
Oh Jung Se – Yeon Joon Kyu
Lee Joon Hyuk – Yeon Joon Seok

Review
I have a confession to make. I never finished Goblin. I wanted to but I was just so bored and I couldn’t get past the point that Goblin is having a relationship with a high school student. it’s not romantic at all. Anyways I heard so many good things about Dong Wook – Yoo In Na coupling and i love them both so I was pretty much excited to watch this. And it didn’t disappoint. Wait, it’s not a great drama but it gave me warm feelings.

Yoo In Na as Oh Yoon Seo was so charming. No wonder she (Yoon Seo, not Yoo Inna) is popular despite being a bad actress. She seems like a really nice person though sometimes it’s hard to believe how she remained naive and innocent after working in the industry for so long. And she doesn’t have any friends! It was so cute seeing Yoon Seo acts sweet and adorable in front of Jung Rok, who is her first romance, and likewise, it was funny to see Jung Rok acting so awkward, trying to navigate their first relationship together. But again it was also unbelievable that Jung Rok has zero experience with love. Sometimes watching the drama I have to stop and remember that these 2 are 30 something adults, and not college students with the way they are acting.

There wasn’t much conflict in the drama. I think 75% of the drama was just about their blossoming relationship, which is not bad because we get to see more fleshed out relationship. On the other hand, I actually loved the first few episodes where there were actual legal cases that they worked on. It kept the show interesting and going beyond the too much sweetness.

and i actually forgot that she had to go back to her acting. I was okay if Yoon Seo just retires from showbiz and remain as Jung Rok’s secretary – i thought that was the ending. haha. I forgot this is korean drama and she has to go back to showbiz and redeem her name and reputation. How fickle fans are, after shunning her because of a drug scandal that is not true, they just quickly accepted her like nothing happened and they didn’t just ignore her for years. I’m also glad that Yoon Seo is taking her acting seriously this time and is improved after gaining experience.

I also loved the interactions between the manager and the cousin-lawyer. too funny. Oh, the Yoon Hyuk and Moon Hee pairing was also hilarious! I was really hoping they get together in the end and I was right!! Eun Ji turning down Doo Seob was sad but then I kind of get why she did that. plus you can’t have everyone in the company coupled together. That would be weird. Lastly, I couldn’t really understand why Se-Won and Yeo Reum’s characters are in the story. Jung rok and Se won’s bromance was sometimes awkward since Jung Rok keeps ignoring nice Sewon, his interactions with Yeo Reum were so boring!

Overall, this was a quick watch. I love the romance – my friend couldn’t finish this coz she said they were too sweet but that’s what I liked most about this show. I must really getting old haha since I appreciate these kinds of slow and warm romance dramas over the trendy dramas.