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The Bride of the Water God ~review

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It has been a while since I wrote a review, I know I have a list of drafts that I have yet to finish.

The Bride of the Water God, loosely base of the manhwa of the same name. I remember reading there will be a live action of this manhwa I have so ever admired due to the amazing artwork, but I have been distracted and thus forgot about it.

As you may know, I love watch Live actions of manga’s or manhwa’s I have read to compare the two. Although, this time it might be a bit of a challenge, because I have yet to finish reading the manhwa and it was a long time I go that I read it. Yet I still had high expectations because it is suched a loved Manhwa…

When the narcissistic water god Ha-baek (Nam Joo-hyuk) visits earth in order to find a stone powerful enough to help him claim his throne, he seeks out the help of his servant and destined bride, psychiatrist So-ah (Shin Se-kyung), whose family is fated to serve the water god for generations. The problem is that she has no belief in the gods and initially mistakes him for suffering from delusions. Things get even stranger when the wind god Bi-ryeom (Gong Myung), the water goddess Mu-ra (Krystal), and the semi-god Hu-ye (Lim Ju-hwan) show up to complicate things.

-The Bride of Habaek, wiki

With this version I was intrigued to see how they would set it in modern Korea… For the drama, the setting worked out well, even the outfits that Habaek wore suited him well (well he is a God, he would look amazing in anything… including shirtless, which happens a lot in this drama). Putting the fan service aside, I felt the main actor was chosen well in my opinion. Although, I loved the God side more than the Human side. The clothes and hairstyles look sooooo sexy!

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I remember in the manhwa that it was set more in the Realm of the Gods, but in the drama, its the opposite, this was a little disappointing. I would have loved to have seen many different costumes, but I guess they were on a budget and would not have been able to afford it all Internally cries. It would have been nice to see more of an artistic style of clothing that fashionable. But that is my own personal opinion, especially as a huge fan of the original art work.wAQP8f

Through the drama, there was moments where I felt things really worked and things didn’t. The romance between Sooya and Habaek… I am torn between it working and not working. I understand that Habaek is still plagued by his past love Nakbin, I felt that Habaek needed to show more conflicting emotions about what he should do but Habaek and Sooya’s really, really, intense kiss (probably the longest kissing scene I have seen in Kdrama) was what I was waiting for, yet, was it really needed to be that long? was that all there would be?

I loved the drama and there was so much to follow, but maybe it was a little too hectic at times. They did introduce the other characters well, and although, it might have been only a slight touch of their stories and connection, it felt like it worked. Any more and it would have been confusing for those watching or it would have been longer than only 16 episodes, which I would not have minded.

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This is probably one of the first drama’s where I didn’t hate the supporting cast, they were really well chosen, I am not just saying that I am an f(x) fan, but Krystal played Mu-ra really well. I am sure she loved wearing all the dresses too. Also Gong Myung played his character really and also added to the fan service moments in many episodes. It was definitely a great cast.

Overall, if you bare in mind, that live action dramas mostly don’t stick to the manhwa/manga’s, then its still great to watch. I really enjoyed watching it but now I want to re-read the manhwa to remind myself of why the love story between a God and Human interested me so much at first. Maybe its because its a fairy-tale, one that will never exist in real life, but the fleeting dream is one that I can still admire as only a dream. Well we want to escape from reality at some point in time, why not image a totally attractive God will sweep you off your feet?!

 

Silenced ~ review

silenced-korean-film Silenced AKA The Crucible

This movie I saw was listed on Netflix and I noticed Gong Yoo was in it. So I decided to read the summery

Amid a multitude of cover-ups, a caring teacher attempts to publicly expose faculty members who are molesting some hearing-impaired students.

I have seen a Japanese movie about disabilities in Japan “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish”, I don’t if that movie was based on a true story but Silenced is based on a novel and a true story. Not that that was what only drew to watch this movie. But I am currently working as a teacher in Japan so I can understand what its like to want to help your students if they seem distant.

I do have to admit, some of the dialogue was lost on me as Japan Netflix only had Japanese subs to the Korean Audio. So I was probably only able to understand 50% (I do know some Korean too, which helps). But I still wanted to watch.

I’ve got to say that I loved the acting and how the actors worked well together. When it comes to not fully understanding the language, the action of emotions plays a huge role. And so with that, I was able to understand the scenes and what they were about.

I would really love to watch this movie again, with English subtitles next time, just to be able to fully understand what was actually being said. But I found this movie so moving. I tried to learn sign language back when I was a Junior/Middle school student for a year. I loved learning a new way to communicate, however practising was difficult. So I gave up after a year although I never lost interest.

Now, I don’t want to go into the story, because I feel like what I might say will spoil it. I will say this shows how some countries still abuse those who are impaired in some aspect. As well as possibly portraying those who are willing to help cover up their actions with whatever means they can. I honestly cannot tell you if this is still in Korea today, because I’ve never stayed in this country long enough, let alone in the smaller cities or towns.

Overall, I would recommend you watch this movie. Although, be warned, its not for the faint hearted. This is a R+18 movie as some scenes are a little graphic due to the content of the movies story. But please don’t be put off. If you do decide to watch it, please feel free to comment below.

역린 ~ Review

Fatal Encounter

역린 A.K.A. Fatal Encounter is the first movie since Hyun Bin finished his miltary service.

I wasn’t really sure what was really going on most of the time. But I got to see Hyun Bin play an interesting character. Much more than I can say his role in 사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다 (Come Rain, Come Shine).

The plot itself is very basic and understandable, its just some times I wasn’t sure if some scene’s were needed. It felt a little like it was jumping around a bit to much.

On the plus side, at one point you get to see a rather buff Hyun Bin exercising in his room/library/study. Its good to watch if you like action films as the fight scene’s are well done. You might even wish an arrow would hit the young Queen Hye Gyeong as she is sly scheming cow. But then what is a good movie without one of those bitchy characters that you just have to hate.

Overall, its a good movie if you like to watch Korean period drama’s. The acting was well done and I did like watching it. Even with a bit of a fan service. But I felt that Hyun Bin’s face has lost some of his natural fat. It just looks too skinny right now.

괜찮아, 사랑이야 ~ Review

Its Okay, Thats Love First of all, I must apologise for this review if it starts to get really long. This drama was very moving for me and I will to focus of review the series as much as I can, rather than rant about what actually comes to my mind.

Its a story about a guy who is a famous author. But his girlfriend then plagiarizes his novel. He meets a psychiatrist on a TV show and takes a liking to her. Due to problems with the media, he moves into a house share where it just so happens to be the same house where the psychiatrist Ji Hae Su lives. He tries to live a quiet life style but slowly learns about the traumatic past of all his house mates.

Now this drama deals with a lot mental disorders and I think this helped me understand a lot about how even people who think they are strong and are not ill, yet have a traumatic event in their past can be ill without knowing it. I have problems with my mental health in the past and I tried not to watch it all in one goes because I was worried I would start to relate and think back to past events. Which sadly, didn’t work out when I almost finished the drama last night. But that is what you get when you have previously dated people with a mental disorder. And later having depression and anxiety a few years later.

I guess that is why I was interested in watching this drama. I really wanted to understand more about the different kinds and how it really does effect their lives.

It really is a great drama and its very interesting to see couples where one has an illness but has a supporting partner who stands by them and helps support them everyday. I guess we are really looking for someone who will accept the flaws and just support them in the way that they need. Its not always easy to find someone like that, but once you do, please don’t let go of them. Its rare to find the right person for you.

The actors did very well in portraying their characters. I had watched part of episode 5 while I was on holiday in Korea, and I finally got round to watching it. Its definitely a rare drama that touches on such a subject that is kind of hidden from society and people try to ignore. It was really put together and the cast really did an amazing job. Plus D.O. was cute and I hope he acts more in the future if he can.

I would suggest you watch this drama if you get the chance. Its a great eye opener but be careful. I was expecting to cry because of the last two episodes, but it was very moving for me.

3 Days ~ REVIEW

3 DaysThe Micky (Park Yu Chun) fan girl is let loose once again!

And the man is back! It is hard to believe that his last Drama was 보고싶다 back in 2012. But this time he is not a cop, but bodyguard to the president of South Korea.

I saw the trailer this when I think I was watching 별에서 온 그대. It had Yu Chun in it and I was curious as to what kind of character he would play this time.

His character this time gets some cool fight scene’s this time where he gets to show his flexibility as a dancer into some very nice choreographed fight scene’s.

I do wonder if its Yu Chun’s personal preferences, or WHY THE HELL DOES HE WEAR TURTLE NECKS IN HIS DRAMA’S?????????????????????????????????????????????????????? This question has baffled me for such a long time. No offence, Yu Chun, but please stop! They really don’t suit you. You are sexy in a suit, a lot cut t-shirt, and even a cardigan. But Turtle necks do nothing for you!! It just makes your head look small.

And why must he cry in all his drama’s?? I’ve yet to see a Yu Chun drama where doesn’t cry. I want to see him play a strong character who protects and doesn’t have an emotional break down because something bad happened to someone he knows.

It was a very interesting drama about a guy who is trying to find the reason behind his father’s sudden death and it relating to a confidential document that he had with him at the time. It has a few confusing scene’s where I wondered if they were really important or not. But it was interesting to watch. I wish there was more chemistry development between to the two lead characters, but this wasn’t a romance drama, so it suited the genre really well.

It is worth the watch if you like the detective kind of drama’s where there isn’t a strong presence of romance blooming over a few episodes. It really looks about one’s struggles to have to deal with personal emotions and their very important job where there could be huge consequences if something goes wrong.

But please watch and then write a comment below and tell me what you thought.

마녀의 연애 ~ REVIEW

Witch's RomanceDefinitely the best drama of 2014! I really wanted to marathon it, but I did well with my will power and watched it while it was still airing so only watching two episodes a week.

This drama was hilarious and romantic. I know that a prince is never going to sweep me off my feet like Dong Ha,  but at least I can dream.

It was great to see a young male lead playing a role where isn’t really forcing himself on the female. Instead, it was more of the supportive, caring and sexy side. With the added humour moments with his best friend acting like children, but it totally suited their characters.

This drama also interested me because of the age gap.  With the female being 14 years older than the male. But he is still totally legal and I wouldn’t push him away. I was a little sad when the fortune teller got dropped somewhere in the middle. She was an interesting character and I wondered where she would appear next. Only to never come T__T

This really is a romantic comedy that kept me entertained and I will definitely watch it again. Its a great recommendation for someone who has been working for a while and not gone looking for love only to find them selves falling for someone again after so long.

Its definitely worth the watch!!!  Also, please listen to the OST, 박서준/ Park Seo Jun has a great track which is used for some of the endings of the episodes. He has a great voice, so watch out for him!

매리는 외박중 ~ REVIEW

Marry Me MaryThis is definitely one of those drama’s that most people have actually watched. But I didn’t really have any interest in it until now.

It is definitely one of those drama’s that you hope doesn’t get too cliché and it could well possibly go down that road. At first, most of the characters annoyed me. Mae Ri had this annoying side where she just didn’t let anything go. It was really stalker-ish at the start.

At first, it took me a while to get into it. I didn’t really marathon this drama, because it wasn’t really striking my attention. It was refreshing to see a drama where the main couple were loyal to each other and stayed together even after many misunderstandings. Usually after one misunderstanding, the couple have this over dramatic split and one of them tries to win the other back. But not in Marry Me Mary! It really does make Jang Geun Seok’s character seem like a guy with unshakable feelings. Standing by Mae Ri and always believes what she says. If ever a guy really existed, he would be too pure and a little crazy… surely?!?!

It really is a good drama to watch. It did have some funny moments between the two main male characters, which lifted the mood in places. But I am still unsure if I could really recommend this drama to watch. It didn’t really appeal to me. It was only the rock music part that caught my attention really.  The supporting characters are a little over baring and I wanted to slap Director Bang to make sure she didn’t even appear in any scene’s.

If you are a true Korean Drama fan, then please watch it if you haven’t. Or if you have, please tell me what you thought of it!!

옥탑방 왕세자 ~ Review

Rooftop Prince옥탑방 왕세자 or Rooftop Prince

Again, sorry for the late review of this drama T_T

I watched this drama after I watched “Missing You” because I wanted to see how good Micky would be in another drama.

This really didn’t disappoint my expectations. After the loss of princess, Crown Prince Lee Gak and his three comrades try to find the culprits. Instead,  find themselves in the future with no where to go and no idea of what is going on. By chance, they meet Park Ha and end up having to stay at her apartment.

This is a really nice drama, which some epic comedy moments. Song Man Bo is my favouite comrade, who really does pull of a beautiful women very well but then looks super hot in a suit. But the three comrades really do make the perfect comedy trio who are very supportive and loyal of their Prince.

This can be cliché at times and Lee Gak tries his best to show he likes Park Ha in his on way. Although, he can be really clumsy and make a lot of mistakes, I think that is the characters charm. No one is perfect, not even a Crown Prince. If only I could find my Prince……

The romance between Lee Gak and Park Ha is developed really nicely and makes you really hope they get to be together. Of course, helped with the amazing supporting cast that makes it a must see drama.

보고싶다 ~ Review

Missing You보고싶다 or Missing You

I really should first apologise for writing this review so late! I actually finished watching this drama in August 2013, but I didn’t realise that I never wrote a review. Sorry!

This drama really did make me like Micky more as an actor. And he didn’t take of his shirt to interest me! I really love watching Yun Eun Hye since I saw her movie “Little Black Dress”. She definitely is definitely a good actress. I did marathon this drama because it was so moving and I really hated the young guy who wanted the girl all to his self and is a total selfish bastard. But  that’s just my opinion.

I loved how this drama didn’t so focus on the female. Instead, it showed how Han Jeong Woo was in constant search for her and never once believed she was dead. I really loved this view rather than it always being about a girl being in love. It had Micky showing different emotion’s and I loved his acting. He adorable smile won me over.

The only down side, is I really hated Gang Hyeong Jun. He was this obsessed character, who used money to keep people close to him. He was a spoilt child who I just totally detested by. But the sweet romance between Lee Su Yeon and Jeong Woo was romantic, even with Jeong Woo as the focus of trying to win her again and show that he has always had her in his heart. Which girl wouldn’t love that?!?!

If you are fed up with the cliché drama’s, then please give this one a try. It really was a good watch!

미남이 시네요 ~ Review

You're Beautiful
미남이 시네요 or You’re Beautiful Review.

I have finally gotten round to seeing this drama. I put it on my list after watching the Japanese version “美男ですね”. Its taken me three years to get around to watching it, I am so bad (>.<)

I was actually looking forward to watching this because it has two of my favourite male singers in the cast. With Jeong Yong Hwa (C.N.Blue) who was in Heart Strings with Park Sin Hye who is also in this drama. Then there is Lee Hong Gi (F.T.Island), this is the first time I’ve seen him act but he is so adorable as Jeremy.

I really loved this drama. Although, I was a little disappointed that the two main actor’s couldn’t really play instruments like Yong Hwa and Hong Gi. But I guess that can’t be helped. But the cast went well together and I was really cheering for Soo Woo most of the time. He really did care for Mi Nam. But I guess he couldn’t get close after Tae Kyeong got close to her and showed her a different side that no one else saw.

If you have seen 美男ですね and haven’t seen the original version, then you really need to. The Japanese drama just isn’t the same and I really do prefer the Korean drama for sure. The characters relationships deepen better and it has more episodes so you can really understand the characters emotions more.

This will never disappoint a drama lover. Even more so as it develops in the perfect way and it doesn’t feel rushed or incomplete.