Review Doramas

ebossert

Member: Rank 3
Queen Seondeok (2009) (Korean Drama Television Series) – In the early 7th century, this K-drama (62 episodes, 65 minutes each) revolves around the life of Queen Seon-deok of the Silla dynasty. Our protagonist is abandoned by the royal family as a baby and sent off to a distant foreign land, but eventually makes her way back to her home kingdom to find her father. The script does the following things very well: (1) the development of our leads; (2) creating memorable moments involving those leads; (3) contributing good exchanges of dialogue; and (4) crafting conflicts that are understandable from both sides. Casting is spot on, and there is dramatic impact. Sure, there is some expressionistic acting and a soap opera-ish feel at times, but this is good stuff. Bi-dam is one of my favorite characters in a K-drama ever. Strongly Recommended
 

ebossert

Member: Rank 3
I'm catching up on everything with Chae-won Moon.

The Princess’s Man (2011) (Korean Drama/Romance Television Series) – Set in the 1400s, romance develops between two people (Chae-won Moon, Si-hoo Park) who are a part of rival families that have eyes on the throne. The biggest problem with this K-drama is that it is 24 episodes long (65 minutes each) but lacks enough story to justify that length. There’s a repetition here that is unnecessary, and certain episodes pass by with virtually no progress in terms of story and little character development. Acting, production values and primary conflicts are good, but it drags like crazy. Not Recommended
 

plsletitrain

Member: Rank 5
Just started watching While You Were Sleeping (2017), a melodramatic thriller with 32 episodes. I'm still on episode 2 and crawling my way to it so I don't know if I'm able to finish this as the leads kind of need to go take acting lessons and the premise is quite too much for me to handle but I'll try.
 

ebossert

Member: Rank 3
Mr. Sunshine (2018) (Korean Drama/Romance/Thriller Television Series)

This K-drama (24 episodes, 75 minutes each) is set around the year 1900 and revolves around the Japanese occupation of Korea. There is a lot to like about his show because it focuses so much on developing its characters, story, and conflicts. The geopolitical climate is complicated, with multiple countries at play, which makes the story very interesting in its depiction of cultural fluidity. It’s fascinating to see these cultures blend together in one location due to the significant pressures on not only Korean government officials to forfeit their country’s sovereignty, but also the Korean people to abandon their own ways of life. Byung-hun Lee and Tae-ri Kim are front and center amidst a batch of excellent performances. All five of the leads do a great job, and even the supporting actors have their moments. Compelling stuff that keeps getting better as it rolls along (episode 1 is the least effective episode). Strongly Recommended
 

plsletitrain

Member: Rank 5
Just started watching While You Were Sleeping (2017), a melodramatic thriller with 32 episodes. I'm still on episode 2 and crawling my way to it so I don't know if I'm able to finish this as the leads kind of need to go take acting lessons and the premise is quite too much for me to handle but I'll try.
Wow, I didn't make it through. lol. I'm quite unreliable if you task me to watch these dramas. I think I left it at episode 11 and it was a bit uninteresting, the leads didn't have chemistry and didn't appeal to me because I have such high standards mjeyds.gif

So I now I started with My First First Love. Just finished episode 1 and so far, so bad. Miscast cast, overacting everywhere, a bit dramatic, constipated acting.......... but since I'm a sucker for bestfriends-turned-lovers storyline, I'll try to endure this one. Wish me luck.
 

clayton-12

Member: Rank 4
Has anyone seen anything of Midnight Diner, and if so, what did you think?

It's only just come across my radar, and sounds a bit like it might be up the Samurai Gourmet alley (which would be a good thing in my books). Worthwhile investing in?
 

plsletitrain

Member: Rank 5
My First First Love- Not recommended.

We all love the friends-turned-lovers story arc but this one was just blah. Ji-Soo (the guy) has this distinct voice that quite annoys me but I found out he’s a gentleman in real life so I can forget the voice. The lead girl and the other guy looks the same! I know its no surprise but you can just add hair extensions to the guy and he’ll look like the girl. The support loveteam had more chemistry than the leads dammit! I never got hooked on the richness of the story. But man it ran 16 episodes, where did all of those go? I think there has got to be some controversy surrounding the ending because it was so abrupt. Did the director think he had 6 seasons left? I don’t want to research, it doesn’t deserve lifting a finger. The ending has got to be one of the worst endings in the history of K-drama. Too contrived. I know I never said anything positive about this. lol. Not even the soundtrack, wait, was there? Story is well—a brief summary: Damsel in distress has a guy bestfriend who has been there all her life. Platonic, but now they’re grown ups, does it really just stop there? She meets a guy she falls for, so where is bestfriend in the map now? Bestfriend of course found another girl. Now that they have their own separate relationships, its time to figure out where each of them really stand in each other’s lives. I know, I think I wrote it better than the film. Watch at your own risk.

I'm grumpy these days.
 
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