PERSONAL THOUGHTS / ARCHIVED ENTRIES




08/19/22

I'm calling it "Strange Attorney Woo Young Woo", because that's the literal translation. It works for me haha. Anyway - I think the popularity and success of this drama is justified. It was an inspiring, moving drama filled with dilemmas, issues and humor. Despite some unsavory / annoying characters (there's always a few in every drama), I enjoyed most of the characters. In particular, the main Attorney guy (with glasses), Woo Young Woo's father, Woo Young Woo, and her boyfriend Jun Ho (too nice of a guy however).

The drama showed that an Autistic person is not completely robotic (strange or unsual, but not robotic) - they might act or sound like it. But they can feel emotions, including love. And the storyline / theme between Woo Young Woo and Lee Jun Ho might have been the highlight. Is there going to be another season? I wouldn't mind.

Currently watching "Adamas", finishing up "Alchemy of Souls"(whenever that is ready). Looking forward to "Blind" (interesting to see a complete turnaround from the main actor, who potrayed a nasty villain in "Vincenzo"). And I have not forgotten about "Rose Mansion" - still need to find a time to eventually finish that.

08/10/22

Currently watching "Adamas" - it is suspenseful and intriguing. Kind of stylish or noir-ish mystery. Sometimes, a thriller does not need that much action. I do prefer the cerebral / visual type dramas as well as slice-of-life / relatable ones.

07/25/22

"Doctor Lawyer" made my list. It was enjoyable and suspenseful enough without getting too intense or over-bearing (as a lot of dramas have become these days). The character of Jayden Lee was interesting - the character showed a bit of both of a villain and hero / good guy side to him. In the end, his hidden motive for retribution in his own way revealed itself and was fully prepared to face the consequences. But he had aligned himself with the Doctor Lawyer all along. You don't really come across characters like these - either a clear-cut villain or a good guy. Or somebody just nasty / obnoxious / un-watchable, un-realistic.

"Alchemy" has been a bit disappointing so far - too much comedy and romantic drama in it. It's more of a Rom-Com disguised as a Fantasy, then the other way around. It has been a bit slow and sluggish as a result. Where is the action? Not much.

07/19/22

My choice / selection for Drama Of The Year - "My Liberation Notes". Runner-Up: "The Sound Of Magic". That is all.

07/18/22

"Doctor Lawyer" is winding down to the final two episodes. This drama has been suspenseful enough without getting too intense. "Adamas" might be interesting in that the lead plays two characters (as twins I heard).

07/09/22

If you enjoy sorcercy, wizards and fantasy elements, "Alchemy of Souls" might be an enjoyable drama. So far - I think it has a bit too much comedy in it, and over-reliance on CGI / studio sets. Their budget / time probably do not permit to go "on location" filming, but there are some. Otherwise - it is enjoyable. K-Dramas always have to add romance or love triangles to their stories, don't they? shaking my head.

Some of the worst kind of villains or evil characters are Directors of hospitals or medical foundations, simply because victims are usually innocent patients. In "Doctor Lawyer", both the evil director and the nasty Assembly woman conspiring to get their way at the expense of innocent lives / patients. Especially that assembly lady, complete disregard for her daughter (after using / abusing her).

07/04/22

Probably the most hilarious scene in "Extraordinary Attorney Woo" so far (at least what is uploaded, only two), is in the second episode where the dad files a lawsuit against a hotel (in an incident where a wedding gown slipped off the bride during the ceremony). I've seen this balding actor before - quite a hefty, booming voice. And that can be heard when he's laughing hard or a hefty belly laugh during a scene with the attorney's in a conference room. That was hilarious. I've never heard a hefty, "belly laugh" like that before HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW (hahahaha) - his facial expressions as well hahaha.

06/30/22

K-Drama Recap - "Welcome To My Wedding Hell" was light, realistic and funny. Thumbs up for the bride's jokester father who just blurts out what is on his mind hahaha. "The Green Mother's Club" was alright - I think it got a bit too twisted or dark.

06/25/22

"Doctor Lawyer" is getting quite interesting. The character of Jayden Lee appears to be the wild card - who's side is he on? Is he manipulating or using both the villain director and doctor / lawyer for his own self-interests? Or is he villainous? I'm sure there'll be twists in this. I enjoy the calm, calculating demeanor of the doctor / lawyer.

"Extraordinary Attorney Woo" - the literal translation of the title is more like "Strange Attorney Woo". I guess the word "Strange" would make the character sound weird or eccentric - however, I always prefer the literal translation. Autism or Aspergers might have weird or eccentric tendencies, but anyone afflicted do have extraordinary talents or are highly intelligent.

06/15/22

"Bloody Heart" is quite intense - more in a cerebral / visual way. Apparently, the State Councilor might be neutral (not strictly a villain / but not a hero either - just misunderstood). His allegiance is only to the nation, and will go against anyone using and abusing their power. The King, on the other hand, appears "villainous" - his scheming has become apparent. Poor Monk. Perhaps the reasoning behind it is going to be revealed. One constant or consistency is the Queen Dowager being the true villain / evil of the drama. This uncertainty of who is a villain or who is a good character, in addition to the story, is what makes this historical drama very compelling and different.

"Doctor Lawyer" might be next on my watch list. "Green Mother's Club" has turned into some dark, catfighting drama between two women (what started as a light drama about motherhood and friendship). I can see why this drama can be a complete turnoff for a lot.

06/09/22

"Welcome To My Wedding Hell" - it's relatable or realistic theme that a lot can relate to. It's a short form drama, but these kinds of realistic dramas end up being funny. More in the dialogue. Already the funniest scene - the meeting of the In-Laws at dinner. The jokester dad just casually sitting right away, completely oblivious to his wife or just spaced out.

I'll have to look toward the end-of-the-year dramas. I think there'll be more to look forward to then.

06/08/22

*Taxi Driver S2 confirmed. If the entire cast does not come back, it can still work. It's very difficult to out-do the first season of any drama - "Voice" is an example where S1 was the best. "All Of Us Are Dead" (or "Our School Now" literal translation? hahah) as well as "Sweet Home" S2.

So the mother-in-law Queen dowager is the true villain / evil in "Bloody Heart" (as well as the fat eunuch for being submissive to evil). Villains in this drama are not very clear-cut. The State Councilor is a bit of a complicated villain - he has the right intentions and is righteous in a way, but his methods can be questionable. In the end, they are all power hungry. Only the monarch, the consort and family, perhaps the Minister of War (unfortunately, his daughter is corrupted as whiny as she is haha) appear innocent.

06/06/22

"Bloody Heart" is quite an interesting / intriguing drama as far as historical dramas go. It isn't action-packed, but there are a lot of intense moments. More cerebral / psychological in that sense. So basically, mind games between the monarch and the state councillor (who is the villain).

3 K-Drama actors who appear to play only villains or "career villains": Lee Kyung Young, Ho Jeon Ho, and Jang Hyeok.

A second season for "All Of Us Are Dead"? Curious as how that'll play out.

06/02/22

"The Killer's Shopping List" was a quirky, funny crime / mystery drama where even the employees are suspects. It felt like "Clue", the board game. Only 8 episodes, it was enticing to the end.

What's next? Perhaps "Bloody Heart". But looking forward to "Doctor Lawyer". There is not much else to watch for me. I'm glad that "Rose Mansion" is completely sub-titled now. That took awhile - some K-Dramas get priority over others. I'll have to find time to watch that - only 2 episodes in, it is creepy for sure, involving a mystery of a missing person.

05/30/22

I enjoyed the ending to "My Liberation Notes". It leaves you wondering, curious. And it has relatable messages - Self-Liberation from your everday rut or stagnation is an on-going process. It doesn't end right away. But breaking through to take that next step, is "liberating" in of itself. It was not "fairy tale" ending, but it was pretty much a happy one. All the characters make self-realizations and changes to take that next step.

I'm most like the characters of Mi-Jeong (in terms of not being recognized nor appreciated at all for any hidden talents), and Mr. Gu (disliking being around human beings - sort of a misanthrope). In the end, you want to just let go and not be trapped in a mindset of negativity. Completely liberating yourself from any issues or problems is a life-long process.

05/28/22

The subject matters and stories in "Tomorrow" are quite sensitive and controversial. I just enjoyed the concept of re-uniting with the deceased person in the afterlife (or after reincarnation) - those scenes were touching. And the backstories of the main cast. But that's it - I felt the powers the grim reapers had were a bit over-the-top silly (freeze time with a snap of a finger, for instance), but then again - it is based on a webtoon. I cannot add this to my list of favorites, but it was enjoyable.

"Again My Life" winding down to the final episode. Imagine a Kim Hee Woo + Vincenzo Cassano character combined - that would be powerful or potent haha.

Currently watching "The Killer's Shopping List" - a crime mystery involving a grocery store clerk with an impeccable memory. This short form drama has comedy in it - have not seen this actor since "Live".

05/19/22

I enjoyed "The Sound Of Magic" - including the musical numbers. It's rare that there are actual musicals in the K-Drama realm. It has that magical innocence of a Peter Pan or a Willy Wonka, and the mysteriousness of a Phantom Of The Opera. In the end - it has various messages and themes. About childhood trauma, wanting to stay a child forever, pressures from parents. And of course - the power of believing. Sort of the magic in "The Polar Express". The power of believing is magic in of itself.

If you stay until the end credits of the final episode, there is a finale musical number from the entire cast singing one of the catchy numbers or songs.

05/17/22

"The Sound Of Magic" is a fantasy / musical journey that tells the story of a mysterious magician who mesmerizes or has a rapport with a student - the theme of "Do You Believe In Magic?" is prevalent. This is only 6 episodes, but it is different from the common / usual K-Dramas that gets tiring. Judgment reserved until finished watching. I'm always on the look-out for something that is actually "different" for a change. Other than looking out for the simple, slice-of-life stories that are realistic / relatable.

Some dramas take awhile or a long time to get sub-titled. I'm not sure when "Rose Mansion" is going to get sub-titled, but hopefully eventually. This appears to be another short-form drama. It's on hold for now.

05/13/22

I enjoyed "School 2021" - it was cute, simple and conveyed an important message. Trying to be the best is a commendable goal, but it should not be a priority. Your passion for an activity, and happiness / enjoyment of it should be the most important. That alone can bring out the best in you. It goes without saying that "thinking too much", "overthinking" or "forcing it / unrelaxed" can be characteristics for anyone trying to be the best as their only goal or ambition.

"Rose Mansion" is a drama I'm genuinely looking forward to (after finishing "Again My Life"). Finishing up "My Liberation Notes". I'll have to take a break from watching K-Dramas if there isn't anything else worth watching. Unfortunately, some of the new ones about to come out are a resounding "Hell No" for me. I'll never bother or won't even bother reading about them.

05/06/22

I haven't seen any of the "School" series since School 2013 (that was enjoyable). Currently watching "School 2021". The School series is mainly about students at a high school or some type of school - and the teachers who interact with them, to help and shape the students' aspirations, dreams, problems, etc. As long as there is a balance between student and teacher stories, I don't mind it. This is a youth-centered story, so all the young / adolescent folks can relate better. But we all used to be students / teens.

05/03/22

For any or all introverts out there - are you a Mi-Jeong or Gi-Jeong type? Nice names haha. I'm in between a Mr. Gu (as shady as his past life was), and a Mi-Jeong.

"Soundtrack #1" is only 4 episodes, but it is very sentimental / emotional and it involves the arts (between a photographer and a lyricist / song writer). It plays out like a Drama Special or a long movie.

04/30/22

I think introverts can relate to "My Liberation Notes". It's a slow-paced, introspective drama - not for everyone. But it's interesting to me, although I admit it might get a bit depressing. Judgement reserved until finished watching it. For me - Classical Music is my "liberation notes".

04/24/22

Must-see list so far for new releases or up-coming releases: "Rose Mansion", "Bloody Heart" (depends), "A Superior Day", "The King Of Pigs" (depends), "The Killer's Shopping List", "The Sound Of Magic" (depends).

"Again My Life" might be the last or final revenge drama / thriller for me. No more after that, but defintely thrillers of a differend kind however. When a specific genre or theme (time travel, revenge, love triangles, etc.) become over-used or saturated in dramas, they tend to become too outrageously awful / unrealistic, unrelatable. With that said, revenge dramas have become very difficult to write well - there is always that stupid extremist who have to write silly scripts / silly characters. The best revenge dramas so far - only "Taxi Driver" and "Vincenzo" for me. That is all.

My priority is looking for simple, light-hearted, everyday life types of dramas. But those are rare.

04/23/22

As I thought, "Grid" was a disappointment. Ended non-sensically - the drama was rife with unanswered questions, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc. They should stop making these Time Travel / Disaster dramas. However - there was a Ki Hong Lee cameo haha.

Is "Rose Mansion" a short-form drama, a film or a multi-episode drama? Definitely sounds interesting. I enjoyed "Hometown" and the film "Grotesque Mansion", and this has similar vibes. But different story / genre. The historical drama "Bloody Heart" sounds also interesting from interviews / synopsis.

04/16/22

"All Of Us Are Dead" was entertaining and fun. Zombie dramas, films or stories are just played out and tiring for me. But this drama was from the perspective of high school students, and added a bit more parody / comedy to it. Also - the concept of human being's innate evil-ness or violent tendencies manifesting as a virus (or the general hopelessness of humanity - the deterioration or disappearance of any semblance of goodness / kindness of humanity) resonated with me. It could be true. But then again - you have a character like Namra, who represents that person (a powerful in-betweener) who can be the last hope for humanity (fighting for good and not succumbing to barbaric / uncivil temptations).

Still - I prefer "Happiness" and "Dark Hole" in terms of zombie-like stories (they are more metaphorical and serious than this).

What to watch next - "Again My Life", "The King of Pigs", "A Superior Day". Tried out "Dr. Park's Clinic", but it is too much of a sitcom / slapstick comedy than a dramedy. I prefer dramedies (1 hour format with serious stories with comedy sprinkled - not a full on 30 min. sitcom).

04/11/22

I think updating favorites lists by genre is too much - since there are new dramas release often. I'll just make one list of notable favorites, in no particular order. Pending.

"Grid" is so far, a disappointment - not making much sense, non-sensical, and did I mention - not making much sense? haha.The same kind of problems / issues that K-Dramas encounter with Time Travel concept. They somehow do not or cannot execute Time Travel stories well at all. However - it is intriguing in the sense of being curious of how this all ends or plays out.

I surprisingly enjoyed "Forecasting Love And Weather" - a lot of metaphors and messages. Most importantly, stories involving other characters (not just the leads).

Currently watching "All Of Us Are Dead" - a zombie drama taking place at a school with students. Judgment reserved until the end. But I am tired of zombie stories, but this one might be unique or interesting.

04/05/22

I enjoy work-related dramas or rom-coms: "Monthly Magazine Home", "On The Verge Of Insanity", "Ghost Doctor", "Hospital Playlist" (to some degree), and now "Forecasting Love & Weather". I probably should make a separate category for that.

04/02/22

Currently watching "Forecasting Love And Weather" - it's another work-related rom-com (with metaphors), and there's been quite a few. I don't mind them at all, because most of them have their own stories and delve into side stories of the co-workers as well (not just the leads). This has a simliar vibe to "Monthly Magazine Home" in terms of the relationship between the leads. They both slept together drunk, they both have ups and downs. The common thread in rom-coms seem to be Exes. Exes are usually prevalent in most rom-coms.

That senior forecaster guy Um is somewhat relatable, only in terms of not knowing what to do as a father or being new / in the way. However, the character is like that because he has not been around his family and always away / giving excuses. It's a wait-and-see how this is resolved, if at all.

03/26/22

I'll have to find out how "Grid" ends. Time Traveling / World Disaster dramas / films can be a crapshoot - it can only work if done right. More often than not, they can end up being disappointments (doing too much / not making any sense, for example - "Alice" and "Sisyphus").

"Juvenile Justice" - interesting to see how Juveniles are punished. It can be controversial, but as they say - "Let The Punishment Fit The Crime".

Probably should take a break from thrillers for awhile. Need to find a light-hearted drama (even a rom-com perhaps), as long as there are multiple stories or side stories. Some things can be tolerable in that sense. Otherwise - "Again My Life" seems interesting.

03/16/22

Another two favorites - "Through The Darkness" (aka "Those Who Read The Hearts Of Evil") and "Uncle" (Sahmchun).

"Through The Darkness" was more of a cerebral or psychological journey of criminal profiling, highlighting the profilers and the psyche of the criminal. It isn't really fast-paced or action-packed, but it has more of a gritty realism.

"Uncle" was a fun, warm-hearted musical journey of an influential Uncle or Sahmchun and his relationship with his nephew. Although the Uncle might have been child-like and immature, he was wise beyond his years and left his positive influences with those around him. The nephew seemed more mature at times as well. They were the ultimate "Odd Couple" you can say haha.

02/26/22

"Ghost Doctor" makes my favorites lists - supernatural, warm-hearted, humorous. It's not just the practical / real-life experiences vs. knowledge issue, but also actually the on-going, relevant issue of focusing on patients rather than profit and other self-serving statistics. This K-Drama infuses comedy, the supernatural and a bit of romance with these issues. Dramas that tend to focus on realism and real-life issues are more interesting to me, and I'll tend to consider watching them (as opposed to overbearing or obnoxious rom-coms - hell no).

01/31/22

"Bad And Crazy" was fun, had some humor and kicked ass. It makes my top five recent, and my top list of thrillers. It's too difficult to make a list of Top Favorites since there is too many. They are all unique. So I don't.

01/17/22

"Those Who Read The Hearts Of Evil" is very intriguing - a drama about the early beginnings of criminal profilers. And I haven't seen the lead actor since "Live Up To Your Name".

It's unfortunate that viewers have to wait every week for new episodes. Wish they just drop every episode at once - but it's a network thing. So we start watching new drama while waiting for new episodes of the previous one. If you can handle it that is.

01/08/22

The "Ghost Doctor" is interesting. It's the concept of valuing practical / real-life skills vs. knowledge. You can have all the knowledge in the world, but it does not mean shit if you do not know what to do or have no real-life experience. Experience and know-how is extremely important.

01/03/22

Currently watching "Bad And Crazy" - it's fun. Judgment reserved until finished watching.

I enjoyed "The Silent Sea" and "Dr. Brain" as well. "Dr. Brain" ended with a cliffhanger - "Is there going to be a Season 2" ending which usually ends up being a No.

12/24/21

"One Ordinary Day" was quite suspenseful. Gotta love the third-rate lawyer character with skin rashes haha. Sometimes, it's not always all about high-powered lawyers or attorneys in fancy firms. I'm still figuring where this fits on my favorites list.

Catching up with "Secret Inspector & Joyi" - there's quite a bit of slapstick comedy in this. Sort of like a fat Benny Hill haha. But there are also serious side stories or drama, amidst an investigation or mystery to be solved. This season seems to be era for Historical or period dramas, along with a few interesting thrillers.

12/16/21

"Jirisan" was compelling and fun - unsure it makes my favorites list (still debating on that). It was not just about park rangers helping hikers or showcasing the majestic landscape of the mountains, there was a supernatural element to the story amidst a murder myster / thriller. I commend the production crew for filming some scenes in the actual mountain or park, but I felt more could have been invested in quality VFX. It got better as the drama progressed however. But a worthy attempt however. It was different at least.

12/15/21

"Happiness" was one of my favorite - Top 3 at least. It was different than the usual thrillers. The story was a metaphor for the real-life situation involving infections and quarantine / lockdown. And touched on class discrimination via an apartment complex / building. Although I'm sick and tired of zombies (no longer watching them), they weren't exactly zombies, but more like "Rabid / Mad Persons" who can't quench their thirst. Only by drinking blood - I guess more like vampires. Hence - "Mad Persons virus". It was a gritty survival story of doing what is right, and who can be trusted / not trusted.

It would have topped my favorites list, but I was not satisified with the ending entirely. Although it was a happy one, I wish they showed or filmed scenes of what happened with the main military / scientist guy trying to cure his spouse - which was his main motive for doing what he did. As well as brief scenes, with what happened with the rest of the residents confined in the complex such as the injured officer.

Just finishing up "Jirisan" - thoughts on that afterwards. But was compelling enough to watch it through.

11/21/21

Currently watching "Happiness", "Jirisan", "Secret Inspector and Joyi". Might check out "Dr. Brain" and perhaps "Bad and Crazy".

"Happiness" might topple "Taxi Driver" as my #1 favorite. It's possible.

11/06/21

I guess I'll be cautiously watching "Jirisan". I see where the controversy lies - there are some scenes that clearly looked like it was indoors rather than outdoors (the top of the mountain scenes looked obviously unreal / fake). Only a really good digital effects / cinematography can achieve as if you were on the mountain. Apparently, they didn't or couldn't utilize these effects.

As long as the story and acting are compelling (and they keep these fake scenes minimal), it'll be tolerable. Judgment reserved until finished with the drama. Dramas or films that take place on a mountain or an environment that would be difficult to film - it is not worth doing if you cannot provide good digital effects for realism or cinematography.

11/05/21

"Hometown" was definitely creepy as hell, and the acting was top notch. However - there were a lot of loose ends, and didn't explain much. Perhaps they just left it for the viewer's imagination. Where did the mix tapes come from? Who made them? Was this all from the main villain / cult leader's doing? Did he have supernatural powers to begin with, or was it all a hoax / mind tricks? These kinds of loose ends kinda ruined it. Otherwise, it might have made my list.

Right now - there isn't a drama that I'm really looking forward to watching, which is a first. Usually there is. I guess we need a break from it all for awhile. I'm still on the fence about Jiri-san, hearing about controversies. "One Ordinary Day" and "Happiness" might be the next ones but it'll be a wait.

10/28/21

"The Road: Tragedy Of One" ended in what is considered a tragedy. It is not a happy ending, but I guess that is expected (hence, the title - tragic consequences of keeping silent from the dark secret when the main lead was young). I'm at a fence whether to include this one in my favorites list - I might change my mind, since the drama did unravel in a very suspenseful way with unique soap opera elements.

"Lovers of the Red Sky" was a fantasy / historical drama about fate, destiny (never believed in them - you create your own is my credo). However - I liked the painting motif. I felt the CGI effects were high-quality. The ending was happy - except for the unresolved conflict between the two siblings for the throne (with the evil one inciting a mutiny). Nobody likes unresolved endings like that - I sure don't. That's the only flaw. Otherwise - it was artistic and stylish.

10/17/21

So far, "The Road: Tragedy Of One" is unraveling like a daytime soap opera - with all the hidden secrets, agendas and schemes. But it is stylistically suspenseful with mystery unfolding - which is why I'm hooked. As they say, "if all's well that ends well". Usually, the ending is important - some dramas have awful endings which ruin the entire drama.

10/13/21

I decided to try "The Road: Tragedy Of One" because of the main lead (from DS 60 Days, Undercover). I'm not enamored with rich people / cheating type of stories, but so far - this appears to be a smooth mystery / crime thriller underneath (not much violence if at all - but just started this). Judgment reserved until finished.

"Hometown" is just as creepy as "Save Me" and some other horror drama. The main villain appears to also be a cult leader.

10/09/21

"Shall We Have A Cup Of Coffee" is the type of drama I'm definitely looking out for. But it also depends on what content the creators decide to put in there - side dramas, storylines, etc. Not every drama like this works - but more often than not, it's worth a try.

Currently watching the mystery thriller "Hometown". Judgement reserved until finished. It takes place in 1999, so the way it is filmed and set design has to be from that period. It was a bit slow going at first, but picking up steam.

10/07/21

"Police University" cracks my Top Ten - what began as more of a comedy, ended as a nice mystery drama with some lessons / ethics to be learned or live by in terms of being a Police cadet or student. And vice versa for the professors and detectives, since no one is above the law. "Red Sky" - this seems to be heading towards a tragic ending. But who knows, there might be happy one.

10/02/21

"Police University" began as a "Police Academy" type comedy, appears to end as a mystery drama in the last few episodes (10-14). They keep teasing who the real culprit is, and it's not who the audience thinks. Although they make it look like it - I think that's what a good mystery thriller does. Keeps you guessing, but not making it too obvious. "Red Sky" - so when is that blind advisor going to realize that he has a demon inside of him?

09/23/21

"Ohjingoh" Game was quite something. To be very candid - it's an R-Rated drama with explicit violence / gore (and a brief, gratuitous sex scene sans nudity haha). I enjoyed the concept and the way it was directed / filmed and acted for the most part. And this was very different, which sets it apart from other drama thrillers. I probably wouldn't categorize it as a "K-Drama", since it is more like a horror / thriller movie that we watch. It certainly cracks my Top Ten, but could have cracked my Top Five had they toned down the violence and gore a bit. As they say, less is more (or minimalism works better). Go watch the K-Movie "Grotesque Mansion" as an example of good, scary film-making.

Would you risk or gamble your life for money? For me - hell no. Life is too precious. But the premise of "Ohjingoh" Game is about desperate folks who have nothing to lose anymore in a reality they are suffering in. They felt that participating in a "life or death" survival game to try to win billions, is a better option than the suffering reality that are in. Adding to the danger and scare, is the unknown factor of what kind of game the participants are going to play in. It makes certain decisions or choices (who to team up with, etc.) all the more life-threatening and dangerous.

The game with walking across the glass platform (stepping on a strong glass, or breaking through a weak one) was probably the most nerve-racking or scary for me. All the characters (except for the violent gangster) were sympathetic - the Pakistani guy was hilarious in a way. Might there be a second season? Only time can tell.

09/17/21

Currently watching "Red Sky" - a historical drama with elements of fantasy, supernatural and of course - romance (which is only tolerable as long as there are dramatic / thrilling elements to it). We have not seen or watched a historical / thrilling drama in recent memory - not since "My Country: The New Age" and "Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung".

I'm definitely looking forward to "Ohjingoh" Game - which has been released.

08/30/21

Currently watching "Police University" - it has the 'Police Academy' vibes to it in terms of comedy (but no - there is no Korean version of Sweetchuck haha). But it's more about the ethics of being a police officer, and most likely a storyline involving the detective-turned instructor. Also - some romantic elements. I also recommend "Live", which is a more serious drama about new recruits. I enjoyed that one - but it doesn't crack my list unfortunately (unless I expand it to the Top 20 or so).

"Hospital Playlist" S2 appears to be more humorous and touching than S1. A very rare situation where the second season might be better than the first. I'm not into medical dramas, which is why I don't have a list.

This web page is just for K-Dramas. But once in awhile, there might be a K-Movie that is worthing talking about or reviewing. "Grotesque / Ghost Mansion" is such a movie. One of my favorite horror films - reviewed on my Film Forum page.

08/27/21

"On The Verge Of Insanity" was thoroughly enjoyable, and relatable. For me, I just like to tell it like it is (because change never happens if you don't speak out). That's how the lead character of Choi Ban Soek is. In the context of workplace / company layoffs, being forced to transfer / change jobs, corruption. The dramatic elements of corruption, blackmail and a villain are part of what makes a K-Drama overly dramatic. Perhaps that's the appeal. Fortunately - there was a redemptive quality to the villain Han Se Kwon (until the very last moment). Usually - some villains don't learn their lesson until they experience betrayal or suffering themselves. This cracks my Top 5.

08/20/21

Almost done with "On The Verge Of Insanity", and I've been enjoying it. It might make my Top 5. I just like how blunt, and straight-forward Choi Ban Soek is. Usually never getting emotionally involved, telling it like it is. Sort of like me. Other than being a quick thinker, decision-maker and problem solver. And being kind-hearted, relatable. The cruelties or realities of workplace layoffs, and / or being in HR is satirized in this drama. I don't give a damn if this type of subject matter isn't what exactly what viewers enjoy, but it does to me. K-Dramas need more simple, relatable or realistic stories like this.

08/15/21

"Ohjingoh" Game is something to look forward to - it looks different and unique for once.

Currently watching "On The Verge Of Insanity" - about workplace layoffs, transfers and rivalries. General craziness that can arise from just working. I enjoy simple plots or stories like that. Of course, the usual dramatic flair of K-Dramas. I'll reserve judgment on it after finishing it.

"The Witch's Diner" was only 8 episodes and 40 minutes each - well, it was entertaining.

08/09/21

"Monthly Magazine Home" was surprisingly funny and warm-hearted. For me, it's rare since I do not watch rom-coms - they can be more annoying and uninteresting to begin with. It makes my list.

Because of the Tokyo Olympics, it appears that a lot of dramas have stalled or on a break from uploading new episodes. Currently watching "The Witch's Diner" - it'll be awhile before it has finished uploading or up-to-date.

07/27/21

Currently finishing up "Monthly Magazine House". I am not into rom-coms at all, but this one was just too funny. It reminds me of "This Is My First Life" and "Romance is a Bonus Book" combined. Which character could I relate to most? Probably the chief editor or the friend editor - trying to mooch off of others (getting them to pay for dinner and such via acting innocent haha), aggravations of a controlling / bossy spouse, the consistent dejections / rejections of the friend editor, etc. I am just avoiding rom-coms altogether at this point. Aside from thrillers, I need to find just a regular drama without the aggravations of romance, comedy - just something inspiring and warm-hearted ("My Mister" and "Navillera" is such).

07/21/21

I found "Daebok Realty: Sell Your Haunted House" enjoyable, fun and tragic. It was better executed than I thought - it had a bit of everything; horror, fantasy, sad / tragic stories, comedy, etc. I wouldn't classify this as horror, since it infused a lot of humor and other dramatic stories. It cracks my Top 5 recent, and would categorize this as more Fantasy / Supernatural. I can identify with Ji A's eating habits in terms of portion size haha.

"Law School" - you can learn a lot from this. Not a favorite, but it was decent. Kang Sol A was pouty and whiny all throughout (but in a cute way), and Kang Sol B had no emotions whatsoever. Talk about contrast or complete opposites.

07/15/21

Currently watching "Sell Your Haunted House". The effects are quite good - subtle camera movements / scenes, not trying to do too much. Sometimes, minimalism works much better than over-doing it with special effects. To give it that drama flair, I can see why thematic shows like this would embellish the makeup or wardrobe / costume at least. When it comes to ghosts and supernatural programs these days, they just don't end up being scary at all because of all the crappy effects. They infused humor in this, so they did not go all-out in terms of scare factor or jumps.



07/07/21

There are plans for a Taxi Driver S2. Good news indeed. Second seasons can turn out well, but it's a crapshoot. But overall - second seasons usually cannot top the first season. That was certain for Stranger S2, which was a bit under-whelming. That season did not have enough action or suspenseful cases. There are quite a few K-Dramas that could use a second season - "Vincenzo" is another one.

06/25/21

Currently watching "Dark Hole". Reserving judgment until completed watching. But it has that feel of both "Train to Busan" and "Possessed" intensity with a twist.

"Mysterious Mansion" sounds intriguing - sort of similar to "Strangers From Hell"? Wait to find out. 06/19/21

A reminder that C-Dramas and J-Dramas are out there, and I'm certain there are some high quality ones. But right now - most of us are just hooked on K-Dramas. I'm not sure what it is - riveting storylines, plot, characters (whether relatable or otherwise very dramatic). They sure know how to dramatize things, sometimes to the extreme.

Currently watching this drama about a middle school badminton team - perhaps they should be called Racket Gamers instead haha (since they're always playing games). They look like they are all 10 years old or something.

06/16/21

"Undercover" was suspenseful and entertaining - it cracks my Top Ten in most recently watched. I'm not sure how to categorize this one - a secret agent / spy thriller, or a political thriller. Sometimes, the villains of these genres can just be as nasty and vile as pure psychopaths.

06/10/21

Currently watching "Undercover" - a secret agent / hidden identities thriller. Funny scene of the day: "I am grocery shopping for bean sprouts" Villain: "Bean sprouts? hahahaha" Hahahah. Hahaha.

There's usually one or two over-bearing, obnoxious characters in some K-Dramas like this. It's only tolerable if the story is good, as well as well-balanced / good-natured characters such as the leads. Otherwise - hell no. Either "Dark Hole" or "Racket Team" (whichever is finished uploading in its entirety first) afterwards.

06/07/21

I think "Taxi Driver" is my new K-Drama favorite. It was well-made, directed, edited, acted, etc. The story was very compelling, a bit intense and brutal at times. But sprinkled with a bit of humor and other thematic elements. The "Revenge-For-Hire" Taxi Service crew are vigilantes or anti-heroes. They take revenge on behalf of victims, and help the victims at the same time via compensation. Towards the end, thematic motifs of whether their methods or ideology of revenge might actually be counter-productive or hurtful was something I was glad they added to the K-Drama. It would've been easy to just have these guys win all the time. But they get beaten and have their down moments. You can get your revenge or justice, but in a law-abiding way.

Season 2 should be something fans hope can happen.

06/05/21

"Taxi Driver" might crack my Top 3 K-Drama thrillers or overall. More thoughts when finished watching.

05/30/21

Currently watching "Taxi Driver" - I heard this revenge-thriller is based on real-life cases, or similar cases of the victims - which makes the revenge part even more satisfying (although of course, fictional). Well, perhaps that might be a bit too sadistic or so heh. Anyway - Vincenzo would be proud of this taxi service haha. The 3 actors from "Move To Heaven" have their own dramas coincidentally - "Taxi Driver", "Undercover" and "Rackets".

K-Dramas that have too young cast of characters are not relatable to me, and usually have no interests in them. It's like some of them are geared towards the very young or millenial audiences. It would have to at least have a few middle-aged or mature characters / actors, and a damn good story to even be considered (School 2013 was the last one I think).

05/27/21

The ending of a K-Drama is extremely important to me. It can ruin the entire drama. Especially for thrillers or intense dramas - the endings have to have some kind of pleasant resolution after all that build up or the villains getting the upper hand. One of the biggest disappointments was "Vagabond" - the villain gets away, there is no resolution, and the drama just ends as if a new season is inevitable (but unfortunately - there are no plans on it). What the fuck was the point on having an ending like that then?? An ending can be ambiguous or unclear, and it can still work. As long as there is some kind of resolution.

05/25/21

Currently watching "Move to Heaven".

I enjoy the "what is going on" type of suspense thrillers. "Beyond Evil", or the direct translation of "Monster", is somewhat of a metaphor. It misleads you into thinking that it's a typical psychopath / serial killer type of drama (although there is one). The title most likely can refer to anyone. We are led to believe that it could be the slightly crazy detective / police officer, or another.

"Navillera" - no matter your age, race, gender, or folks laughing at your face. Never be afraid to pursue your dreams, passion, ambitions. This is a theme that anyone can relate to. Thematic dramas or morality / ethical tales are great.