24 February 2015

ITS OKAY, DADDYS GIRL

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW: IT'S OKAY, DADDY'S GIRL




This drama is pretty low key with a bit of a family vibe, but somehow it's sucked me in anyhow.

These kind of ensemble casts can be really interesting because the plots can be a little more unexpected than your normal "she's the lead actress, he's her male lead and that one is the second male lead" obviousness. There's nothing wrong with any of that of course and I love a good obvious love triangle, but a family ensemble is a little bit more unpredictable and so can be quite interesting.

This drama begins with one family and their daddy, a nice man who always wants to help everyone,  but therefore ends up taking the world onto his own shoulders. His family genuinely love him, but also maybe don't all appreciate him properly, most treating him like a wallet for their own needs and wants.



18 February 2015

HAEUNDAE LOVERS

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW: HAEUNDAE LOVERS


This drama is just what I was hoping for, a silly, light and fun comedy with a little sizzle thrown in for good measure. Not perfect by any means, and a little draggy towards the end, but with a very likable warm heroine and a rather sillybilly male lead, it was a pretty fun watch. It also makes me want to visit Busan.


6 February 2015

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE






This drama is definitely different to how I expected it might be, and my first impressions after watching the first two episodes was that it was different in a really really good way.  In fact, in spite of my utter love of Choi Jin Hyuk (rawr!)  I did think this one looked a bit boring when I first heard about it (especially after discovering it was not in fact a Joseon-set love story starring a certain Mr Darcy – boo!) yet it turns out it is well scripted, well-shot and there is some seriously intriguing elements to the story.

Turns out that maybe Prosecutor stories are kind of my thing, I love a drama with a bit of danger and intrigue, a nice team of quirky characters and a romance that is a big focus of the story yet still not the only plotline on offer. This drama certainly delivers all those elements that I enjoy so much, and dives right into a story that is well thought out (a few plot holes but not enough to put me off) and really quite intriguing throughout.

And I really mean it dives right in!


14 December 2014

TROT LOVERS

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW: TROT LOVERS




I love this cast I really do, and for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed this silly messy ride (though I think I miss Ji Hyun-woo's goofy teeth and black hair a lot....sob) and though it never got my heart beating it is still a fun decent romantic comedy.

This show has a very strong opening, being quick off the bat to present our main characters and their personalities, as well as getting our main couple together fast so we can get straight into enjoying the hijinks without any dilly-dallying around. But surprisingly it still manages to provide a pretty solid set up too, explaining why these two very different (and bickering) characters end up working together towards the same goal.

In short, the first two episodes were totally awesome and I loved everything about them, including our snooty bratty hero and our by-the-book poor indebted heroine. There couldn't be two characters written more generically in terms of romantic comedy storylines and yet somehow to me it's still fresh and fun anyway. And funny, as the two leads yell at each other constantly. I love bickering couples!

12 November 2014

HOMETOWN LEGENDS - EPISODE 1

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW: HOMETOWN LEGENDS - EPISODE 1



I was browsing around Gooddrama the other day and ended up searching Horror Kdramas, just because I haven't ever really come across one before and the idea intrigued me. I chose this Anthology Horror series (every episode tells a different stand-alone story) because I saw the first episode stars a younger Park Min-young (City Hunter) and Choi Jin-hyuk (Heirs, Gu Family Book). This combination had me interested enough to give it a go and I found the whole thing a rather interesting,  if somewhat creepy experience. 
So below I have written a short review on the first episode only and guess what!?
For the very first time ever on this blog my review is actually spoiler free!!! Yay!!!




23 October 2014

SURPLUS PRINCESS / IDLE MERMAID

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW: SURPLUS PRINCESS 



 This drama was a hell of a lot more cheeky than I expected!  I was thinking sugar sweet fluff but instead got a hilarious tale of zingy, borderline 'a little bit wrong' jokes as well as a ridiculously naive (yet still somehow feisty and bold) main character.

My first impression of this drama is that I really really like it. It is fresh and surprising and laugh out loud funny, and is absolutely chockas full with tongue-in-cheek humour and weird in jokes (GDragon music video anyone?). 

Vodka drinking alcoholic mermaid who sings songs from the Disney film? 
Check.
Hilariously outrageous main character who grabs her fellow in for a massive smootch the second he comes anywhere near her (he kind of came near her by starting to drown near her) and gives his bum a hefty squeeze for good measure.
Check.
Video game montage complete with bobbing heads as instructional demonstration on how to successfully live with house mates?
Yup.
Even some hilarious dream sequences that had me giggling (especially the dream lead man Hyun Myung has about his upcoming job interview where his heart beats so loudly in panic that the office workers interviewing him are clutching at their ears in pain and screaming! Ha!)
I just adored this show!

2 October 2014

INVINCIBLE LEE PYUNG KANG

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW: INVINCIBLE LEE PYUNG KANG



I have avoided this drama forever because.... well, Golf. Yuck. 
But as it turns out it is a zany, over acted (in a totally cute way) madcap romantic comedy, with some really utterly fun and gorgeous characters and the age old story of an enormous huge bratty rich man and a shouty tiny pint-sized poor girl with debt.
And you know what?
I adored it!
But be warned. It is very silly.

Of course it is possible that the totally charming leads Ji Hyun-woo and Nam Sang Mi might have a lot to do with my love of this drama, their over the top shouty chemistry totally charming and fun, if you don't mind Ji Hyun-woo's crazy eye-popping and his screamy overly dramatic voice. Personally I don't mind it at all, though I do admit it's pretty weird seeing him playing such a goony type.

The story is pretty insane and involves a golf course, a succession battle from Ji Hyun-woo's character's dad who has just remarried and introduced a seriously competitive, sly, evil, shifty-eyed squashy faced son in law (how are this man's features so small? Why are they so shifty and tiny? He looks so evil and squashy!), ready to steal the resort away from the completely bratty and incapable true heir, On Dal.

And through a series of completely ridiculous events (so much fun) On Dal ends up setting up house with the very beautiful Nam Sang Mi (gosh she looks good in this drama!) and her plucky little sister, both of whom are neck deep in their mum's gambling debt.
Obviously On Dal is a bit of a shouty tool at the beginning so he is not really feeling much sympathy for our heroine, and instead spends most of his time ordering her about and harassing her chickens (this upset me). 

I really liked Nam Sang Mi's character, Pyung Kang, though I guess she is a bit of a standard in dramaland. Still she is brave and stands up for herself and has all the attributes I love in a heroine, including a shouting bickering relationship with our bratty hero.  I quite love her. She is just so damn cute and plucky!