September 05, 2015

#dramatalk: Dramas I've finished recently

Hey guys ~ I have so many posts piled up and I don't know where to start... I have no excuses for my blog silence besides that I've been busy with internship, watching dramas and since last weekend until Tuesday I had a terrible stomachache. But let's get my blog back active again ! 

On my 1st giveaway post I asked you guys what you'd like to see more on this blog. There were many ideas but one of the most popular idea was Asian dramas. I don't think it's a surprise for my followers that I really love Asian dramas. My history with them started in 2008 with Hana Kimi and so far I've watched over 400 dramas :) If you'd like to see what I watch at the moment, plan to watch etc. go to my MDL and check.

So here comes a new series on my blog and it's called #dramatalk ! FYI I didn't come up with a name, it's a hashtag invented by Steph from HallyuBack. This series consists of short reviews, my thoughts about some of the dramas I've finished recently and so on. This post covers the 5 latest dramas I've finished starting from July. I don't know how often I'll write these but if you want to read them and if you have any topics you'd like to see on this series comment below and I'll try to make them come true ^^ 

Hua Jai Reua Puang / Heart Thugs / Heart Tugboat / Attachments of the Heart


Main Cast

Songpaisarn Yook as Pete Peerapope
Larmwilai Ornjira as Pat
Mahapreukpong Keerati as Rantida (Pat's niece)
Hiranthanapuwadol Saharat as Tarit (Pete's cousin)
Duaysienklao Punwarot as Orn (Tarit's wife)

Plot

The lives of four people undergo significant changes when resort owner Pete Peerapope and Rantida decide to get engaged. For both, it's a marriage of convenience. On Pete's side, he wants to make his dying mother happy by fulfilling his duties as a son by getting married, and as far as he's concerned, Ran is the best choice as his bride; on Ran's side, she wants a fresh start and sees her boss Pete as the fastest and easiest way out of a bad situation. Standing in their way is Ran's Aunt Pat who has raised her since she (Pat) graduated from university and returned from abroad. She doesn't want Ran to make the same mistake she did in the past, nor does she trust Pete, making it difficult for Pete and Ran to get married. She wants Ran to be completely honest with Pete about her mother Thipapa, who's in prison, and her (Ran's) son Atom, whom everyone believes to be Pat's son, before she'll agree to their marriage, but unbeknownst to both Pete and Pat, Ran is hiding yet another secret: Pete's cousin Tarit, who's married to a sickly wife, is Ran's ex-boyfriend and Atom's father. To complicate matters, despite all their bickering, Pete and Pat find themselves falling for each other. -- Taken from MDL

My thoughts

From what I know, thai dramas are usually one of the three following genres: slap&kiss which are full of slaps and contains a possible rape scene, kidnap scene horror or revenge melodramas. Correct me if I'm wrong but Thailand usually doesn't have many idol dramas or romantic comedies. Unlike Korea, Japan and Taiwan. 

I watched this in July and so far this is the third Thai lakorn I have watched. I still haven't gotten used to the language. This drama is romantic comedy but it also has a kidnap scene in it and many slaps in it. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the main couples and I really liked the kid playing Atom. The drama had quite a lot boring moments and took pretty long to "get started" but I enjoyed it and I would recommend it. The ending was really sweet :) My rating: 7,5/10

Warm & Cozy / Jejudo Gatsby / Agreeably Warm 


Main Cast

Kang Sora as Lee Jung Joo
Yoo Yeon Sook as Baek Geon Woo
Seo Yi Ahn as Mok Ji Won
Kim Sung Oh as Hwang Wook

Plot

Baek Geon Woo, a man that has everything that a woman wants in a man: good looks, eloquence, and a gentle manner. Although he’s the grasshopper type who only does things he wants to do, his honest personality is his charm. A clever man who knows his assets, he is unexpectedly innocent, opening a restaurant in Jeju Island just because the woman he likes is there.

Lee Jung Joo, a woman who has struggled and worked hard all her life but never has a break, resulting in exasperation. She plays the grouchy ant in the fable. She puts up a front of confidence and pride but is actually weak and delicate. Never missing a day of work during the 7 years at her company, she starts a new life in Jeju Island after losing her job, house, and boyfriend in Seoul.

They meet at Jeju island. -- Taken from MDL

My thoughts

This one is from the popular screenwriter duo "Hong Sisters" that every k-drama fan should know ! They've written some of the most popular Korean dramas such as My GirlYou're Beautiful, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, The Greatest Love and Master's Sun just to name few. Out of all their dramas I think this one is on the weaker side but that doesn't mean I don't like this drama.

This drama lives up to its title; it sure is warm and cozy. It wasn't anything special but it had great comedy in it. I liked the characters and the plot but it was just a typical romcom plus a really gorgeous cinematography ! It's filmed in the Jeju Island after all. Oh how I wish I'd get to visit Jejudo someday ~~ My rating: 8/10

I Remember You / Hello Monster



Main Cast

Seo In Gook as Lee Hyun
Jang Na Ra as Cha Ji An
Park Bo Gum as Jung Seon Ho
Choi Won Young as Lee Jun Ho

Plot

A romantic thriller about a mystery solving duo who bicker and fight but end up developing feelings for each other. A complicated love story between a criminal profiler who uses his sharp eye to analyze crime scenes and an investigator female cop who stalks him. The two solve crime cases together while hiding each one's true heart, going through the love-hate relationship and healing in the process. -- Taken from MDL

My thougths

Romance, psychological thriller and comedy, my three favorites all in one ! I love psychological thrillers, Korea makes so good thrillers. I really had high expectations for this and it didn't let me down ! On the description it says "romantic thriller" which might be somewhat misleading. To those who are looking for a great romance dramas I don't think this is what you're looking for. This has that romance feel in it but it's not really showing on the screen much. On the other side, those who are looking for a really good thrillers this is what you are looking for ! It's not too dark but it's really great and left me wondering what would happen next. I had to watch every scene very closely not to miss anything. 

I really liked this and I still haven't gotten over the fact that it has ended. I really hope for a 2nd season, the open ending left me thinking that there might be another season coming. But I don't have high hopes LOL ! My rating: 9/10

Oh My Ghost



Main Cast

Park Bo Young as Na Bong Sun
Jo Jung Suk as Kang Seon Woo
Im Joo Hwan as Choi Sung Jae
Kim Seul Gi as Shin Sun Ae

Plot

Bong-sun, a timid young woman, is possessed by the ghost of a lustful virgin. She has zero self-confidence, and because of her extreme shyness, she doesn't have any close friends. At the restaurant where she works as an assistant, she's not particularly good at anything, and mostly just gets yelled at a lot. Her grandmother was a shaman so from a young age she's been able to occasionally see ghosts, though it's not until she meets the lascivious ghost that she gets possessed totally.

Sun-woo is a conceited star chef who's overflowing with confidence in his food and his skills. Bong-sun harbors a secret crush on him, though he doesn't take much notice of her for two reasons: because he's always surrounded by women and because he's hung up on an old flame. But then one day, Bong-sun starts acting differently, shedding her mousy personality, and ends up constantly on Sun-woo's mind. -- Taken from MDL

My thoughts

As soon as I heard this drama was coming out I knew I would love it ! I mean, hello ! It has Jo Jung Suk, Im Joo Hwan and Kim Seul Gi in it ! I haven't seen anything from Park Bo Young before and this drama made me like her a lot ~ She's really talented actress ! This drama really was a fresh wave among many k-dramas. I really enjoyed watching this and I would rewatch this again ! It's really good comedy for those days you want to laugh your butt off ! The soundtrack is really good as well ! My rating: 9/10

Mask / Doppelganger



Main Cast

Soo Ae as Byun Ji Sook / Seo Eun Ha
Joo Ji Hoon as Choi Min Woo
Yeon Jung Hoon as Min Seok Hoon
Yoo In Young as Choi Mi Yeon

Plot

Byun Ji Sook has always had a hard life with her father constantly going into debt and being chased by loan sharks. She desperately wants to know what life is like if she was born into a better family and didn't have to worry about money all the time. When a series of circumstances brings Ji Sook to Eun Ha, a woman from a wealthy family who strongly resembles Ji Sook, she grabs hold of the chance for a better life and assumes Eun Ha's identity and begins to live her elite life. She meets Min Woo, a chaebol heir who is mistrusting of the people around him. But when he realizes that Ji Sook is not like the other women he has met, he is drawn to her. How long can Ji Sook keep up the charade and hide her true identity? -- Taken from MDL

My thoughts

I don't usually like watching melodramas because they tends to drag too much. There are three kinds of melodramas in my opinion; those that make you cry a lot because the main character has some illness or some other part in the main story is so sad that it makes you cry and then there are those family/character centered melodramas which portrays the growth of the main character from the birth to the adulthood and then there are also these revenge/money/business melodramas like Mask.

I wasn't planning to watch Mask this soon because I wasn't sure how good it would be. I was planning to watch some other dramas before this but I somehow ended up starting this one on last Sunday. I found myself watching this one pretty fast because I finished it on Thursday already. I really enjoyed watching this but I don't think it was anything special. It was pretty good for a melodrama but it also was a typical melodrama. It didn't drag too much and it really handled the theme of Mask & Doppelganger really well. Two memorable taglines from the drama are "If you wear a mask you can't be happy" and "If you wear a mask you can at least pretend to be happy". I liked the acting and plot a lot and I would recommend it. I'm glad it wasn't any longer. My rating: 8/10

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That's all for now ~ How did you like this post? Comment below and tell me ^^ The day just changed to Saturday 50 minutes ago and I'm turning 21 on Sunday ! I'll be posting August haul, empties, random photos, September LivBox and few other posts soon so stay tuned :)

6 comments :

  1. Im still watching oh my ghost drama, this is one of my fav drama ^^

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    1. It's really good :) I'm glad you like it as well ^^

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  2. Sain tästä kivoja ideoita mitä katsoa seuraavaksi ja oli kiva kuulla, että säkin tykkäsit Oh My Ghostista :)

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    1. Hihi ^^ Joo, se oli tosi hyvä :) Eilen alotin Scholar Who Walks The Night-sarjan kattomisen ja apua Lee Jun Ki on taas ihana ;W;

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  3. Ahh ihanaa että alotit tämän :D haha joo Thaimaalaiset draamat on vähän semmosia, itellä tullu niitä jonkin verran katottua, mutta enimmäkseen Japanilaisia ja Korealaisia. Tuota Oh My Ghost onki pitäny alkaa kattoon joten taidanpa alkaa katsomaan sen seuraavaksi :D Btw luin edellisestä kommentista että olet alkanu katsomaan Scholar Who Walks The Night-sarjaa! Onko hyvä? :)

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    1. Seuraava thai-sarja mun listalla taitaapi olla toi Playful Kiss thai versio ~ :D Oh My Ghost on ihana, suosittelen !

      Joo, SWWTN on ihan hyvä. Nyt meen jaksossa 14 :) Tän viikonlopun aikana olis tarkotus kattoa loppuun. Muistuttaa juoneltaan Sungkyungkwan Scandal meets Night Watchman's Journal and Iljimae XD

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