WATCHING

Dramas I’m watching right now:

  • The Sound Of Magic (covered on Patreon)
  • Bloody Heart (covered on Patreon)
  • My Liberation Notes (covered on Patreon)
  • Love All Play (covered on Patreon)
  • You Are My Hero [China]
  • The One and Only
  • Forecasting Love and Weather

Dramas I plan to add to my plate, soonish:

  • Woori The Virgin
  • Shining For One Thing [China]

So many dramas, so little time..!

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Vivie
Vivie
10 days ago

Woori The Virgin – so far it’s good fun. The first two episodes have linked up the characters well.

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
12 days ago

Is anyone else watching Shooting Stars? Did you like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Jo? And you wanted to see Lee Seong Kyeong (who played the title role) have another shot a a lead role? This. So far it is up to ep 6 and pretty good. It is a relatively tame office romance involving starts, talent agency workers, and gossip reporters.

One thing – the title is written Sh**ting Stars. As a native speaker of American English, when the word is written that way, we don’t read it as “Shooting”. I’ve asked others – same reaction. Poor choice.

Beez
Beez
10 days ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

@Eric – more like”purposeful choice” if you ask me. Why else would they asterisk the “oo”‘s in “shooting”?

Vivie
Vivie
10 days ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

Love the first 6 episodes so far. I find myself giggling while watching and some scenes make me laugh out loud. My first time viewing Kim Young Dae, who isn’t conventionally handsome, but gosh, I had to fan my face when I saw how they transformed him for the photoshoots in the show. Certainly am looking forward to the rest of this romcom.

Sadia
1 month ago

Who are watching. ‘See you tomorrow’ a cute romantic drama?

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
1 month ago

How satisfying were the endings? (spoilers for 21/25, forecasting love and weather, business proposal)
21/25 –

21 spoilers
I’m in the “hated it” camp on the ending. The show was so good except for how they handled the OTP in the last few episodes. I had no idea what they were fighting about or why either of them behaved the way they did. Made zero sense. It also completely undermined the story they had been setting up the prior 14 episodes. Also – the news broadcaster mom? She made her child go to her dad’s funeral alone while she was reading the news? And never says she’s sorry? Psycho. And then she slanders her daughter on national television (implies she bribed a judge) with ZERO evidence when she knew for a fact it couldn’t possibly be true (character is painfully honest, no money, never met the guy, doesn’t speak his language, etc). Because “it’s her job” as a reporter – and the script and other characters believed this. This isn’t even good reporting. I could get it if she had to break a major *true* news story of public interests despite it hurting her daughter – that is reporting and would show her integrity – they should have written it this way. But this behavior was vile. And again never even apologizes. If slandering people is “her job”, then her job is trash and she’s an idiot to devote her life to it. One of the worst tropes in asian drama – you can abuse you kids but suffer no consequences and never even apologize. On the other hand the girl friendship story was very strong and ended on a perfect note. A–> B minus.

Forecasting:

forecasting spoiler
Kinda got stuck in a rut the last 8 episodes. Nothing here to hate, but it lowered an A drama to B just for being dull. I found the primary couple and the secondary couple both so boring in this part of the show I spent most of my time looking forward to the tertiary couple (cute and fun).

Business proposal

proposal spoiler
– This was a quick one and I enjoyed pretty much the whole show. However, they erred in the last 5 episodes with the OTP. At first they had this insane madcap energy and fun. But then it becomes a (rather dull) love story. And all the steam and romance transferred to the secondary couple. My 2 cents is that the show was best in the beginning when it was crazy, and lost something as they toned it down. It would have been more fun to keep the crazy factor high through the end – the OTP should have resolved things with each other and with their families by an insane over the top adventure rather than by being reasonable. The show was best when it was nuts. A–> B+

Netflix could work on their endings.

James Dang
James Dang
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

If you put yourself in the OTP’s shoes and understand who they are from the past 14 episodes, you would understand why they acted the way they did. Not everyone in the same position as they were would have ended up with the same outcome but I am convinced that the route they took is consistent with their characterisation.

spoiler
It certainly pains me to see what was beautifully built over 14 episodes to just crumble over the last 2 episodes but I appreciate the message the writer is trying to send and I certainly do not want to see them suffer any longer.

Ufan
Ufan
2 months ago

I lost my kdrama binge watch addiction battle to Coffee Prince. I’m baffled it take me 3 years to discover this gem. Also, gobsmack this drama was made in 2007. I’ll now try to get back to watching Healer.

Su San
Su San
1 month ago
Reply to  Ufan

I finally got around to seeing Coffee Prince several weeks ago–a KFG iconic drama. I enjoy seeing the difference in the older shows versus the recent releases, however, a really good drama withstands the test of time. Currently, I am just LOVING Healer, about half-way through Chuno, and looking forward to the group watch of Queen Huyn & I coming up soon.

Finally, I have learned to look at Kfangurl grades AND her list of “iconic dramas” rather than immediately jump to a favorite star’s kdramas or a certain genre. If it weren’t for KFG’s suggestions, I would have missed masterpieces like Miseang, My Mister, Reply 1988, etc.

My goal is to watch all of KFG’s A+ and “Iconic Drama” list, plus keep up on the latest releases. Some of the ones with numerous episodes (Nirvana) may take me a while, but I know that it will be satisfying.

beez
1 month ago
Reply to  Su San

CHUNO!

Petra
Petra
1 month ago
Reply to  Su San

I just finished Secret Love Affair an A++ from KFangurl. Its impeccable,

j3ffc
j3ffc
1 month ago
Reply to  Ufan

I generally find that with vintage shows, of any sort, or movies, it only takes me about 10-15 minutes to acclimate to the difference in style – if it’s good, that is. In the case of Coffee Prince, which I really liked, the thing that really got me was that it was that it was the first drama that I had seen at that time that had a more realistic world setting (I.e., it wasn’t all glitz and glamour). That made it different enough that I didn’t sense its age at all. Glad you enjoyed it, too (and see you over at Healer).

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
1 month ago
Reply to  Ufan

Coffee Prince took a lot of chances and it paid off. Great show.

Nayna
Nayna
25 days ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

I always say it was ahead of it’s time! I rewatch it every couple of years myself.

Sadia
2 months ago

Hi everyone,
I want to recommend Be my Princess. Jeremy Tsu is doing a great job . The premise is interesting and ep 8 has a mesmerising scene that may steal your heart .

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
2 months ago
Reply to  Sadia

Absolutely agree 100%, Sadia. It is a wow from me 😊

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  Sadia

Sadia – I third that – it is a big wow from me as well. The first 10 episodes left me impatient for more.

Slight Spoiler
E8 mesmerizing scene – all he had to do while holding her was pause for effect and drop a big mic after his fabulous closing statement.
Greatest use of this trope – one of my favorites. I happen to love Xu Zheng Xi, who is doing a great job in these double roles. I am working my way through the rest of his dramas now.

This is what I love – a very sweet, kind and loving FL. I am rooting for the second leads as well. SML Hu Yun Hao is showing his versatility compared to his role in the Darker series. There is a lot to love about this drama. Let’s face it – there is a lot to love about the ML as well. Not to mention her dad had my pulse going a mile a minute there.

@JJ – this is a puppy and unicorn drama right here. Adorable! 💖💥🧨💯👏💖💖💖

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seankfletcher
seankfletcher
2 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I couldn’t say it any better than this, phl and yes, JJ needs to put this on her list 😊

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

You know Sean, it is a twist from what we normally see – or maybe not at all, and I am just seeing this in a new and different way because of the way it is being portrayed by the actors?

I can use more of this kind of love. For all the craziness of the plot there are some stable conversations going on here and there. The whole thing feels fresh. I can safely bet we both even have the future twist/s already figured out (yes we know what is coming), and, even at that we are still excited to see it be played out.

It is a love fest over here right now as I am watching Be My Princess and Business Proposal along with a re-watch of Touch Your Heart. 💖💖💖💖

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
2 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

The actors are wonderful in this show, phl. I have classified Be My Princess as something completely different – a time travelling drama without the time travel. It is so clever how they have weaved past and present through using our leads in the filming of what would be a fabulous costume drama in its own right. That scene of Jeremy riding his horse back into the capital is right up there with the impact it portrays – it’s beyond dynamic and heroic – his acting is something else.

I love the immersive quality, the prologues each episode, the music (I happily watch the opening and closing credits each episode). I am looking forward to what’s coming, despite knowing how it will go, because it is in very safe hands and I want to enjoy every moment. This show is going to make them bigger stars than what they already are.

A love fest sounds fabulous 😊😊😊

As for a Business Proposal, it just makes me smile thinking about it, even as I write. I am so looking forward to when the chairman finds out about things. Isn’t he a delight?

I am so glad you are rewatching Touch Your Heart. I have come so close to a rewatch many times now.

25 21 is terrific too. Finally, a youth drama that has a bit of maturity about, with wonderful relationships set against a very interesting backdrop.

In short – I am one happy camper right now!

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – I am one happy camper as well! 😄

I have been on one of my Jeremy Tsui trips and have been watching all his dramas. Hoping his drama Trace gets subbed. I even watched Novoland: The Castle in the Sky 2. 😆 I will say he is showing a lot more versatility in Be My Princess than his usual stoic roles. I am in awe of his facial bone structure.

I will check out 25 21 although I really am not a fan of either lead. I am still in pain from Start Up. 🤣😂😅😆😏

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seankfletcher
seankfletcher
2 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

With 25 21, the leads are acting without any shackles on. In the manhwa, the male lead is cold, in the show NJH, at his suggestion, has been allowed to play him with heart and warmth. KTR is a revelation. I have been impressed.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – And because you mentioned it I am attaching a pic of that great scene!

Screenshot 2022-03-18 at 23-00-51 Official Trailer Be My Princess 影帝的公主 Xu Zhengxi Zhou Jieqiong iQiyi.png
seankfletcher
seankfletcher
2 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Phl – awesome 😊

CarpControl
CarpControl
2 months ago

Shining for One Thing‘ lovers would enjoy ‘Legally Romance‘ a lot!!! I would describe it as the Rom-Com child of ‘Go Back Couple‘ meets ‘Weightlifting Fairy KBJ‘ except the leads aren’t married IRL (they are a bickering pair of lawyer & paralegal) and somehow even MORE fun than Bok-Joo & Joon-Hyung!!🥰
The wish for a do-over is for a career (& not love, as in most cases). There’s lots of straight-faced meta commentary from the FL as she regularly stares into the camera, breaking the 4th wall and giving us the deets/ FYIs!

Ps. EXO-Ls and The Bond (c-drama) watchers will find a familiar face in Z.Tao and Lareina Song as the two Main Leads! 💖✨

beez
2 months ago
Reply to  CarpControl

– who is married in real life?

CarpControl
CarpControl
2 months ago
Reply to  beez

In GBC’s story, the MCs were married IRL… 😀 (sorry if my rec above made it seem like a celebrity couple were married IRL…!) 😛

beez
2 months ago
Reply to  CarpControl

– Ahhh. Thanks. GBC is still on my Monster List. If I had already watched it, I probably would’ve got what you were saying. 👍

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
2 months ago

Is anyone else watching Business Proposal (Netflix). If you are in the mood for anything serious – watch something else. But if you want a wacky rom-com based on a manga that fully embraces being a live-action manga – this is good fun. Get out your “manga” viewing lens and enjoy.

Forecasting Love and Weather is also very enjoyable. It has a nice mix of the heightened reality romance you get in kdrama with a certain down-to-earth restraint. The toxic exes (boyfriend and girlfriend) are believable enough, and bad enough in the “I know people like this” way, without being depicted as psychopaths. Each episode is like a little meditation about some aspect of starting a relationship – and it works about 80% of the time.

Netflix has a bumper crop of solidly enjoyable shows so far in 2022.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

Eric – it is a laugh riot. I am really enjoying this.

Jonan23
Jonan23
2 months ago

Aside from 25/21 and 39 which are both great I am so far enjoying Forecasting Love and Weather. It’s not trying to be anything but a well done traditional office rom com with charismatic leads but it is well done and entertaining and sometimes that’s all I am looking for.

Penni
Penni
3 months ago

MY SUNSHINE (Netflix) is by far, the BEST DRAMA I have EVER watched. The acting is superb, cute couple and lovely story-line. Delicious WALLACE CHUNG must surely be one of the BEST actors out there, and I would definitely leopard crawl across the universe to savour one of his passionate, swoon worthy, gob smacking and delicious kisses – where did he learn to KISS like THAT!? (My apologies to ELVIS PRESLEY, as he was renowned for his kisses). I never re-watch dramas, but this is a first to catch a breath, pause and rewind 3 x and counting. (Some folks have watched it 7x). Such a beautiful story and cutie-pie gorgeous couple. I would also recommend BECAUSE OF LOVE – superbly acted Melo-drama and that shower scene is soul wrenching to behold. This drama is on par with MY MISTER, if not better – enjoy the ride!

Nunw Hu
Nunw Hu
3 months ago

hi kfangirl, I’ve been a quiet reader of your blog for while now, I really love reading your reviews!<3 I recently watched Bad Buddy Series (Thai) and it surprised me without how good it was- story wise not anything new but the romance and characterisations are done very well. I thought you’d like it and wanted to recommend it to you, might put a smile on your face ):)

sessomary
sessomary
3 months ago

Hi kfangurl, i’m wondering if you have watched Delicious Romance. It’s just been added to netflix and i recently binged the 20 episode drama in 2 days. It was unexpectedly fun, with time-appropriate themes that are super relatable to ladies in their mid 20s to 30s.

KaiaRaia
KaiaRaia
3 months ago

Have you checked Bulgasal yet? This got me back to kdramaland and might ruin everything else that follows. So good chinggu!

Carol
Carol
3 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I recently started this Kdrama but because of the bloody & gruesome scenes I couldn’t get past the 1st. Episode. Not my kind of entertainment.

KaiaRaia
KaiaRaia
3 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Missed you chinggu! It ain’t perfect but I enjoyed it a lot. The production values especially the cinematography, it’s just gorgeous. I also did not find it predictable, plus I find it a fresh take on immortality. It kept reminding of Nine, probably cause it’s Jinuk.

Aiki4640D
Aiki4640
2 months ago
Reply to  KaiaRaia

I found Bulgasal very engaging and informative — I got to learn all the different types of Korean folklore demons, which is very interesting to me.
And I found myself liking the villain instead coz 1) he’s handsome in a dangerous way 2) the way he speaks, even when he’s threatening – so sexy! The ML’s too broody for my liking. The story kept me wondering what exactly happened between the ML, FL and the Villain right till the end, which is great coz it forced me to watch the story till the end.

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Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
3 months ago

I’m looking forward to the review of Our Beloved Summer. I would give it an between A- and A, very enjoyable. There was humor and then it would grab you by the heart when our leads were suffering. The show was admirably restrained – no memory loss, evil chaebols (there was only one depraved character, who was a very minor part of the story). No artificial drama from contrived accidents or over the top conflicts.

There’s a wonderful scene where the secondary leads had this meta conversation about being like secondary leads in a drama. And a wonderful scene where one of the men in our secondary couples does a brilliant job of sending off a predatory ex-boyfriend.

Only two quibbles about the ending (very vague spoilers). I think they could have wrapped up the OTP a little more neatly than they did – it wasn’t bad but things veered around in the last episode before a cute end point. Second, I really liked our secondary couples. But I think they could have moved these relationships forward a lot more than they did. You can see how these could work out but we don’t get much payoff from these two after 16 episodes? A hug, a confession, anything? It would be better to give those more closure and actually less time to the primary couple in the last episode or two.

Overall, very nice. I hope everyone had fun with this as well.

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

PS – one very minor point. Is anyone else distracted by the product placement for winter coats? I can only assume that’s what is happening. Each lead seems to wear 10-15 different types of coats (no expert but some look very expensive). We know FL feels at threat of poverty. Does this make any sense in the story? Same thing in weightlifting fairy kim bok jo – poor students with $100K winter wardrobes – just look at the screen shots in the review to see a sampling. This would be fine if the character is supposed to be a rich fashionista, but not for characters who are supposed to be poor or average. I can see them present cars prominently sometimes (though it usually makes sense for the character to have a volvo or whatever), not nearly as jarring. There are probably many other items placed that I’m missing. Next drama I watch, I’m doing a coat count.

CarpControl
CarpControl
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

Maybe all these ‘poor’ characters are on the verge of poverty….. because they keep buying coats? xD

Patches815
Patches815
4 months ago

Anyone else watching “The One and Only”. It’s so good but it’s weird I haven’t really seen anyone talk about it, I feel like it may become a sleeper hit if show continues going the way it’s going. Anyone looking for something like “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” with a little more light, “Just Between Lovers” with a little less melancholia and honestly the male lead just gives me Ji Chang Wook in “Healer” vibes (that may just be me reaching because I’m so intrigued lol).

Any way if your looking for something interesting with a cast who has great chemistry give “The One and Only” a try.

Sharbani
Sharbani
4 months ago

I watched the C Drama ‘My Little Happiness’ a while ago … fluffy and entertaining with some of the best romantic scenes I’ve seen in a long time! It definitely isn’t deep or profound in any way, but I thought it was super cute and fun! Not too sure if you’ve caught this one. It stars Xin Fei and Daddi Tang (both from PYHOMS) and while Tang wasn’t my fav character in that series he seriously redeemed himself in my eyes in this one … and boy can he pull off a kiss … *fanning myself*!! And I really enjoyed the romance between the second leads as well.

muksa
muksa
4 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Woah … thanks for replying! I did too for ages and for that same reason … couldn’t stand his character in PYHOMS!! But I’m glad I watched it upon my sister’s insistence … like I said it was cute and fluffy and helped me escape from what had become a pretty hellish lockdown!! Didn’t really have to think too much or engage. And I did enjoy all the secondary characters!

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
4 months ago

Is anyone else enjoying Our Beloved Summer? No significant spoilers. I’m only on episode 6 of the 8 that have been released. But this is so good! Normally I make heavy use of fast forward to skip parts of dramas I don’t like, but so far it is all good. Crackly couple fighting and falling in love. Humor. Generally interesting and enjoyable supporting characters. No boring subplots – normally even good dramas are prone to that. The couple fighting with each other is hilarious then they break your heart with the drama. Solid A so far. I really hope the writers can keep this quality to the end.

Took me forever to realize that Kim Da Mi (FL) was also in Itaewon class – the haircut there was so distinctive I couldn’t place her at first without it. She had the single greatest kissing scene in a kdrama in the Itaewon role (DEFENSE! You can find this on youtube if you don’t know what I mean).

Muksa
Muksa
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

Absolutely loving Our Beloved Summer! Hope the plot, pace and chemistry continue!

Lehar
Lehar
4 months ago

Can please take a look at The one and only .. it has less ratings but i liked the premise

Patches815
Patches815
4 months ago
Reply to  Lehar

I just saw your comment after posting a comment about “The One and Only” Can we fangirl together??!!!

Lehar
Lehar
4 months ago
Reply to  Patches815

Yesss!! although i have not picked it back since ep 3 … is the plot still strong? I ll continue then

Patches815
Patches815
4 months ago
Reply to  Lehar

Yes!!! The plot is still strong. Admittedly, there is a connection that’s just been brought up that I’m a bit confused about but I have faith they will be able to explain. Also our main couple 😍😍😍😍 are as swoon worthy as ever.

Lehar
Lehar
4 months ago
Reply to  Patches815

You convinced me … I am going to start binge watch it till I am up to date 😅
I already love my leads

Cure or fire
Cure or fire
4 months ago

Hi! Youth of May has a special place in my heart and I know you’re fond of it too. I’m just so excited today because Lee Do Hyun and Go Minsi are going to work together again in a short film/drama Reincarnation Love 🥰 Do you have any plan to watch it and review although the film/drama will be really a short one?

Cure or fire
Cure or fire
4 months ago

Hi! Youth of May has a special place in my heart and I’m just so excited today because Lee Do Hyun and Go Minsi are going to work together again in a short film/drama; Reincarnation Love. Do you have any plan to watch it & review although the film/drama may be really a short one?

mrinali
mrinali
5 months ago

I see that Now We’re Breaking Up isn’t on your list and the truth is I don’t even like it that much but I would love if you reviewed it and validated what I think haha. Maybe if you’re looking for a fast paced drama about the fashion world you’ll feel up to watching it someday.

Kun
Kun
5 months ago

Have you considered trying Happiness fangurl? I know its not your typically preferred genre but I remember you having a soft spot for Han Hyo Joo and Park Hyung sik and they are really good in this imo. Really enjoying this one so would recommend at least watching a few episodes.

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
5 months ago

Another – One the Woman. This show had some fun parts, but ultimately was not original enough to be great. I would definitely like to see Lee Ha Nui in something better – she had to carry a lot in this show on her charisma. She almost did it but the story just wasn’t enough. Perhaps others liked it more?

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
5 months ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

Yes, I enjoyed One the Woman, Eric. Honey Lee was superb – in essence, I thought she stole her own show, she was that good!

Eric Lancaster
Eric Lancaster
5 months ago

Melancholia is high quality. I do have a little trouble reading emotion from our female lead Im Soo Jung (who also stared in search WWW). It’s not a huge negative since her characters are often supposed to be restrained. I wonder if this is just her or if she can be more expressive in other roles. As long as the writers keep up this quality, I’m betting on at least a B+.

I also tried Gentleman and Young Lady. Completist tendencies are really hurting me on this one. Plot: A retired naval officer, a rich widower, struggles to raise his young children. He’s not a bad guy but stiff and joyless. Into the family a young woman comes to teach the children. The Sound of Music? Yes. But if you subtract German Nationalist, Add Chaebols, scheming schemers, bad entitled parents, birth secrets, more birth secrets, and tropes tropes tropes – here you are. This wasn’t ever good but some unfortunately tropes overdoses in the late teen episodes killed it for me.

One aspect of the second one that really bothers me is a woman who abandoned her child at 2 months (child now 24 years) to have a more fun life has returned and is being treated sympathetically by the script. She’s kind and wonderful and somehow things just went a little off but it’s not her fault. You just know that a few tears, a few hugs, and all will be forgiven at some point. The adoptive mother (who did the work of raising the kid all those years) is treated contemptuously by the script. This is my least favorite principle of asian drama – you can be the worst parent ever, but you are entitled to infinite forgiveness from your children. Parent defined by blood rather than by the act of parenting. Ugh. May need to go watch Mother now to detox from this.

Kun
Kun
5 months ago
Reply to  Eric Lancaster

The script is pretty comically bad for sure. The mom who abandoned her somehow being more likable than her stepmom who raised her is actually an impressive feat to accomplish but the drama made it happen by making the stepmom look like a greedy leech with no shame or dignity.

Medea
Medea
6 months ago

Hey KFG! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and I love your writing! I noticed that you were considering watching Falling Into Your Smile, and I wanted to tell you about my experience watching it. I dropped it about halfway through for a few reasons. Firstly, both main leads are rather stiff, but the female lead’s acting was particularly cardboard-like and difficult to watch. Secondly, the romance isn’t very romantic at all. It’s very textbook, and not a good example of a textbook romance either. Thirdly, there are a lot of intricately animated gaming scenes that are just really hard to follow (I’m not a gamer, so maybe that’s why?) I couldn’t tell what was going on for a solid 5-10 min in some episodes, which was a big issue for me. There were a few things I enjoyed (like our gaming team, and the male lead’s friendship with his greatest rival in terms of gaming) but overall, I didn’t enjoy this one and I doubt you would either.

JM
JM
6 months ago

Hi kfangirl, I was wondering if you or anyone has seen The Ideal City with Betty Sun and Mark Chao. Both leads are fantastic, Betty Sun is known for her strong, intelligent, courageous female roles, not overly sentimental. The rest of the cast is amazing. The plot is politics, machinations, ego in the building industry.
Also another Cdrama The Truth, also great narrative, acting not too sentimental and gushy, very interesting.
I’m also enjoying Jirisan, I really like Ju Ji-hoon (from Hyena, which I know you didn’t love kfangirl, but I did, oh well ) it’s just very different from the usual kdrama, beautifully shot etc etc. Thoughts??

Lehar
Lehar
7 months ago

Hey please add dali and cocky prince to your list too.. it is really good till now
balancing comedy and drama
Also kim min jae is good in this & slaying it after brahms

Lisha
Lisha
7 months ago

Hi! I’ve been following & enjoying ur reviews for quite a while, i noticed some kind of patterns on ur reviews (the type of drama u like/enjoy, etc) 

And because of that, i have a cdrama recommendation for u which i think u would enjoy, the tittle is Remembrance of Things Past (2021)

it’s a 12 episodes slice of life drama about 4 friends in their 30s and 20s living in a big city (Beijing), it’s a bit similar to Be Melodramatic (2019) & Because This Is My First Life (2017) which u gave high score

The drama got quite high rating on douban which quite rare for a modern drama (8.5). U can watch the drama on YouTube and Mango TV app or maybe some other sites, Here’s the 1st episode’s YouTube link: https://youtu.be/D0S9dSuhoRQ

hope u enjoy the drama!!

Lisha
Lisha
7 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Ur welcome 😊😊

Aiza
Aiza
8 months ago

Looking forward to your reviews as they are detailed and quite neutral. You lay out what’s great and what’s not. Ever since I stumbled upon your review page a few weeks back I am a fan! I’ll be checking out the other older reviews on the stories I’ve watched (I’ve only started watching Kdrama sometime late 2018, so I’ve only watched 40 — I keep track). Thanks for the reviews.

erlking
erlking
8 months ago

Kfangurl!! I saw that you had added You Are My Spring to your watch list previously but you took it off ): I know you have many dramas to watch but just really wanted to recommend this one! The ratings weren’t very good, I know, but here’s why I think it’s worth watching:

  1. Seo Hyun Jin is great in this – if you are a fan of hers, I think this is just about the realest character she plays (even more than Oh Hae Young!)
  2. the OTP is unexpectedly heartwarming and well matched. Kim Dong Wook delivers as usual, and the two of them are so good and cute together ^^
  3. the writing, at least for the romance part and how the main characters are built up and their backstories, is really tight. A lot of thought went into crafting each of their journeys and I appreciate that a lot.
  4. this drama has a thriller element but the culprit has a character arc too. It’s written in a similar vein as the rest of the drama i.e. focused on the personal journey/trauma, and overcoming it.

overall the pace of the drama is slow, and my personal opinion is that the thriller part could have been weaved in better, but 10/10 for the main romance line. I can understand if this is not everyone’s cup of tea, or your preference for now, but I’d be so glad if you would consider adding it back to your watch list again (: thank you!

Eric
Eric
8 months ago

Is anyone else enjoying Hometown Cha Cha Cha? Up to episode 4 so far. Here’s the pitch.
Did you enjoy “When the weather is nice” with it’s colorful small town characters and quiet, slow romance? Did you wish they could remake it without the murder/suffering elements to just focus more on adorable small town antics and our OTP. Do you want a drama with no chaebols, celebrities – but just normal people? Did you really enjoy these elements of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (for about 12-12 episodes, before it ran off the rails and lost this low-stakes small town charm that made it so fun)? This is the show for you. The characters are more assertive and stronger than those in “When the weather is nice” and they have some darkness in their pasts (but it seems like orders of magnitude less so far). I think “When the Weather is nice” also did a slightly better job of making their small town folks quirky and charming, but we’re only 4 shows in, so final verdict pending.

Did you enjoy watching Shin Min-A in her other work like “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”, and tried to enjoy her work in “Oh My Venus” (whatever they paid her wasn’t enough) but want to see how well she can act with the greater challenge of a more normal character? Let’s assume you haven’t seen her other roles that are more normal, but even if you have, this one still provides the greatest challenge. So far, I’m enjoying all the performances and the nuance of emotions the actors can portray.

If you really need heightened reality and high stakes, this isn’t for you. Otherwise, enjoy.

j3ffc
j3ffc
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Just finished Ep 1! I almost didn’t want to watch it b/c we just finished “Gumiho” so recently, but something about a breezy watch set in a beach town was too much to resist. So far so good….I’m enjoying the “Camellia” vibes and the contrast to our current group watches. It has some of the same charm as “Dinner Mate” w/o (so far) the downsides.

Glad I’m not the only one…

Gloglo
Gloglo
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

I’m loving Hometown. It is a very heartwarming show and I love the setting. I enjoyed When the Weather is Nice enormously, and I wouldn’t compare it with Hometown… They are different genres, When the Weather is Nice is a melodrama, whereas Hometown falls more in the romantic comedy category. The only thing they have in common is the rural setting. I also find that the significance of such setting is rather different in each show.

As for Camelia, which someone else mentioned in this post, I really didn’t enjoy that show… Too boring and bland for my liking. I feel that Hometown has much more spark, thank goodness!

I really must watch Do do sol sol la la sol. People keep mentioning this show and how much of a let down it was… but I have heard it all before with shows that I absolutely loved from beginning to end, like Something in the Rain, Start Up and When the Weather is fine. Maybe I’ll turn out to be that one person who loves Do so sol sol la la sol till the end, who knows.

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