FLASH REVIEWS

Hey there, welcome to the Flash Reviews section of the blog. 🙂

1. What’s a Flash Review and how is it different from a regular Review?

The regular reviews that I write tend to be longer and more detailed, generally speaking.

Flash Reviews are much shorter (as quick as a flash, so to speak), and will give you a flavor for how I feel about a show, without having me dive into a whole lot of detail. It also means Flash Reviews will contain fewer spoilers, if at all. If there are spoilers, they’ll be marked [BIG RED LETTERS!] and you’ll be able to avoid them if you want.

2. If there’s a Flash Review, will you still write a regular Review, or vice versa?

I don’t plan to, as that feels like twice the work, to be honest. So if a show is listed here, you won’t find it in the regular reviews section, and vice versa.

3. The Rating System

Understand more about my rating system here!

Edited to add:

4. Shows that aren’t on this list

If you’re looking for a show and it’s not on this list (like Goblin, Mr. Sunshine or Six Flying Dragons, for example), it might be in this post, or this sequel post, where I talk about dramas that I haven’t written dedicated posts for.

Hope that all helps!

~ kfangurl

Numerals

1% of Anything [Something About 1%] B+

20’s [Twenty Years Old] B+

20th Century Boy And Girl B

71: Into the Fire [Movie] A

A

A Bad Family [Drama Special] A-

A Jaunt [Drama Special] B++

A Love So Beautiful [China] A-

A Poem A Day [You Who Forgot Poetry] B

A Sharply Graceful Girl [Japan] B

A Thousand Goodnights [Taiwan] B+

A Werewolf Boy [Movie] A-

Across The Ocean To See You [China] C-

After The Rain [Drama Special] B++

Age Of Youth [Hello, My Twenties!] B++

Always [Only You] [Movie] B+

An Empress’s Dignity [The Last Empress] B

An Incurable Case Of Love [Love Lasts Forever] [Japan] B-

As One [Movie] A-

B

Be Positive [Web Drama] B-

Beauty Inside, The [Movie] B

Because It’s The First Time B+

Because This Is My First Life [This Life Is Our First] A-

Best Hit, The B-

Bite Sisters [Web Drama] B-

Boss & Me [Shan Shan Comes To Eat] [China] B

Bride In Sneakers [Drama Special] B+

Bring It On, Ghost [Let’s Fight, Ghost] B

Bromance [TW Drama] B

C

Came To Me And Became A Star [Drama Special] B+

Cantabile Tomorrow B-

Check Out The Event [Please Check The Event] [Drama Special] B-

Cheese In The Trap B-

Chicago Typewriter B++

Circle B++

Cruel City [Heartless City] B+

D

Dazzling [The Light In Your Eyes] [Radiant] A

Designated Survivor: 60 Days B+

Doctors C+

Dude In Me, The [Inside Me] [Movie] C++

E

Eternal Love, The [China] C

Eternal Love: Ten Miles Of Peach Blossoms A-

EXO Next Door B-

F

Fall In Love At First Kiss 2019 [TW Movie] C++

Fall In Love With Me [TW Drama] C+

Familiar Wife B++

Fates and Furies B-

Father Is Strange A

Final Match, The [Last Match] B-

First Half Of My Life, The [China] A

Five Children [Five Enough] B+

G

Girl Who Sees Smells, The [Sensory Couple] C+

Girls’ Generation 1979 [Lingerie Girls’ Generation] A-

Go Back Spouses [Go Back Couple] B++

Go Go Squid! [China] B

Go Ho’s Starry Night [Gogh, The Starry Night] B+

Goong S [Prince Hours] C+

Greasy Melo Guest Review: An Alternative Lens

Gunman In Joseon [Joseon Gunman] B

H

Handmade Love [Web Drama] B

Heartless City [Cruel City] B+

Hello, My Twenties! [Age Of Youth] B++

Here’s My Plan B++

Hey Ana! Let’s Eat! [Web Drama] B+

High Society C

Home Sweet Home [Drama Special] B+

Hot Stove League B++

How Long Will I Love U [Chinese Movie] B+

Hundred Million Stars From The Sky [The Smile Has Left Your Eyes] B

I

I Can Speak [Movie] A-

I’m Not A Robot B+

If We Were A Season [Drama Special] B+

Imaginary Cat B

In House Marriage Honey [Japan] B+

In Time With You [Taiwan] A-

Innocent Man, The [Nice Guy] B

J

Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love B++

Jaunt, A [Drama Special] B++

Josée [Korea] [Movie] B

Joseon Gunman [Gunman In Joseon] B

Just Between Lovers [Rain Or Shine] B+

Just You [TW Drama] B

K

Kang Deoksun’s Love History [Drama Special] A-

Keys To The Heart [Korean Movie] A

Kiss Goblin [Web Drama] B+

L

Last Empress, The [An Empress’s Dignity] B

Lawless Lawyer [Lawless Attorney] B+

Leave Me Not [Must You Go?] [Web Drama] B-

Let Us Meet [Drama Special] B++

Let’s Eat 3 C+

Let’s Eat Something, Anna [Web Drama] B+

Let’s Fight, Ghost [Bring It On, Ghost] B

Liar Game C+

Life On Mars A-

Light In Your Eyes, The [Dazzling] [Radiant] A

Lingerie Girls’ Generation [Girls’ Generation 1979] A-

Little Forest [Korean Movie] B+

Longest Day in Chang’an, The [China] B+

Love Cells B-

Love For A Thousand More B

Love Is Sweet [China] B-

Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love, The [Moonshine And Valentine] [China] C+

Love Lasts Forever [An Incurable Case Of Love] [Japan] B-

Love O2O [China] B+

Love So Beautiful, A [China] A-

Lucky Romance C+

M

Magician, The [Movie] B-

Marry Me! [Japan] B+

Mask C++

Memories Of The Alhambra B+

Mirror Of The Witch B-

Miss Granny [Movie] A+

Miss Kim’s Mystery [Drama Special] B+

Mix [Mixed Doubles] [Japanese Movie] B

Modern Girl [Drama Special] B+

Moonshine And Valentine [The Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love] [China] C+

Must You Go? [Web Drama] B-

Mute [Web Drama] B+

My Beautiful Bride B

My Brilliant Life [Movie] A+

My Daughter Seo Young B+

My Friend Is Still Alive [Drama Special] B+

My Holo Love B-

My Husband Oh Jak Doo [My Husband, Mr. Oh] C+

My ID is Gangnam Beauty B

My Little Lover [Japan] B

My Love [China] [Movie] B+

My Secret Terius [Terius Behind Me] B

My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday [Japanese Movie] A

N

Nae Il’s Cantabile [Cantabile Tomorrow] [Tomorrow Cantabile] B-

Nemureru Mori no Jukujo [Sleeping Jukujo] [Japan] B+

New Year Blues [Korea] [Movie] B+

Nice Guy [The Innocent Man] B

Nirvana In Fire [Chinese Drama] A++

NIF Open Threads: E1-3 | E4-6 | E7-9 | E10-12 | E13-15 | E16-18 | E19-21 | E22-24 | E25-27 | E28-30 | E31-33 | E34-36 | E37-39 | E40-42 | E43-45 | E46-48 | E49-51 | E52-54

Nirvana In Fire 2: The Wind Blows In Chang Lin [China] A

Noble, My Love B

O

Off The Course [Drama Special] B++

Oh My Ghostess [Oh My Ghost] B+

One More Happy Ending B-

One Sunny Day [Web Drama] B+

Only You [Always] [Movie] B+

Orange Marmalade B-

Our Times [TW Movie] A-

P

Page Turner A

Please Check The Event [Check Out The Event] [Drama Special] B-

Plus Nine Boys B+

Poem A Day, A [You Who Forgot Poetry] B

Positive Physique [Positive Constitution] [Be Positive] [Web Drama] B-

Prince Hours [Goong S] C+

Producer B+

Q

Queen Of The Ring [Three Colors Of Fantasies: Gold] B

R

Radiant [Dazzling] [The Light In Your Eyes] A

Rain Or Shine [Just Between Lovers] B+

Reason I’m Getting Married, The [Drama Special] B+

Reason We Can’t Sleep, The [Drama Special] B

Reason Why I Can’t Tell You, The [Drama Special] B+

Red Teacher, The [Drama Special] A-

Review Notebook Of My Embarrassing Days [Drama Special] B++

Rich Man, Poor Woman [Japan] C+

Rise Of Phoenixes, The [China] B

Romance Full Of Life [Three Colors Of Fantasies: Green] B-

Romance Of Tiger And Rose, The [China] B

Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung B

S

Sado [The Throne] [Movie] A-

Scholar Who Walks The Night C+

School Nurse Files, The B | Guest Post: An Alternative Lens

Secret Love – Have You Ever Had Coffee With An Angel? B

Sensory Couple [The Girl Who Sees Smells] C+

Seven First Kisses B

Shan Shan Comes To Eat [Boss & Me] [China] B

Shanai Marriage Honey [Japan] B+

Sharply Graceful Girl, A [Japan] B

She is WOW C+

Sleeping Jukujo [Nemureru Mori no Jukujo] [Japan] B+

Smile Has Left Your Eyes, The [Hundred Million Stars From The Sky] B

Something About 1% [1% of Anything] B+

Splash Splash Love A

Star Of The Universe [Three Colors Of Fantasies: White] B++

Story Of Minglan, The [China] B+

Stove League B++

Suddenly Seventeen [Chinese Movie] B+

Suits B

Surplus Princess C++

Sweet Home B+

T

Takane And Hana [Takane to Hana] [Japan] B

Taste of Curry, The [Drama Special] B+

Terius Behind Me [My Secret Terius] B

Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms [China] A-

The Beauty Inside [Movie] B

The Best Hit B-

The Dude In Me [Inside Me] [Movie] C++

The Eternal Love [China] C

The Final Match [Last Match] B-

The First Half Of My Life [China] A

The Girl Who Sees Smells [Sensory Couple] C+

The Innocent Man [Nice Guy] B

The Last Empress [An Empress’s Dignity] B

The Light In Your Eyes [Dazzling] [Radiant] A

The Longest Day in Chang’an [China] B+

The Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love [Moonshine And Valentine] [China] C+

The Magician [Movie] B-

The Reason I’m Getting Married [Drama Special] B+

The Reason We Can’t Sleep [Drama Special] B

The Reason Why I Can’t Tell You [Drama Special] B+

The Red Teacher [Drama Special] A-

The Rise Of Phoenixes [China] B

The Romance Of Tiger And Rose [China] B

The School Nurse Files B | Guest Post: An Alternative Lens

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes [Hundred Million Stars From The Sky] B

The Story Of Minglan [China] B+

The Taste of Curry [Drama Special] B+

The Throne [Sado] [Movie] A-

The Witch’s Diner B

This Guy Is The Biggest Mistake In My Life [Japan] B-

This Life Is Our First [Because This Is My First Life] A-

Throne, The [Sado] [Movie] A-

Timing [Web Drama] B

To. Jenny [Drama Special] B++

Tomorrow Cantabile [Nae Il’s Cantabile] [Cantabile Tomorrow] B-

Traces Of Love [Drama Special] B+

Trip [A Jaunt] [Drama Special] B++

Twenty Years Old [20’s] B+

Two Lights: Relúmĭno B+

U

Under The Hawthorn Tree [Chinese Movie] A

V

VIP B++

W

W-Two Worlds B

We Married As A Job [Japan] A-

Well Intended Love [China] C+

Werewolf Boy, A [Movie] A-

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? [Why Secretary Kim] B

When My Love Blooms C+

When The Camellia Blooms B+

When The Devil Calls Your Name B+

When We Were Young 2018 B+

Where The Lost Ones Go [China] C+

Why Secretary Kim [What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?] B

Witch’s Diner, The B

Wok Of Love Guest Review: An Alternative Lens

Wonderful Days C++

Wonderful Nightmare [Movie] B

X

Y

Yong Pal C

You Are Closer Than I Think [Drama Special] B+

You Who Forgot Poetry [A Poem A Day] B

You’re Pretty, Oh Man Bok [Drama Special] B++

Your House Helper C++

Your Name [Japanese Movie] A+

Z

Zombie Detective B

YEAR-IN-REVIEW

I’ve included links to my various Year In Review posts, coz those are essentially collections of flash reviews.

kfangurl’s 2012 Drama Awards

Year In Review: 2013

Year In Review: 2014

Year In Review: 2015

Year In Review: 2016

Year In Review: 2017

Year In Review: 2018

Year In Review: 2019

Year In Review: 2020

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Ivy
Ivy
3 years ago

Here are a few Japanese Movies you should watch:
– L ❤️DK(super cute)
– Heavenly Forest (need tissues)
– Close Knit (need tissues (maybe))
– Brain Man (dark psychological movie, but the movie has a great plot)
– Rurouni Kenshin trilogy (great action scenes)
– Rinne no Ame (drama special)
– From Me to You (Kimi no Todoke)(super cute)
Those are my favorite one so far

kfangurl
3 years ago
Reply to  Ivy

Thanks for the suggestions, Ivy! I’ll keep an eye out for them 🙂

Lin
Lin
4 years ago

Hi. I just found your blog and I’m thoroughly reading your reviews. I love them. I’ll probably check out a few of the movies and dramas that landed on your list of faves.

You should definitely check out Love In the Moonlight or Moonlight Drawn By Clouds if you haven’t already done so. I enjoyed it and it was the last Korean drama I’ve been able to fully watch because everything has been a pass for me in 2017.

kfangurl
4 years ago
Reply to  Lin

Glad you’re enjoying the blog, Lin! I loved Moonlight Drawn By Clouds <3 You can find the review here, if you’d like to revisit some of the feels with me 🙂

Viviana Dominguez
Viviana Dominguez
4 years ago

Hi! Can I ask that you make a flash review for Uncontrollably Fond?

kfangurl
4 years ago

Hi there Viviana, I actually dropped Uncontrollably Fond, you can find my dropped post here. 🙂

Amy
Amy
6 years ago

Hello, I really like your flash reviews as well as has your full reviews. I would recommend you to watch KBS’s drama ‘What Happens To My Family’. Although it is quite a long drama with 53 episodes. I would also like it if your would review KBS’s ‘Producer’ when it comes out and KBS’s ‘Who Are You: School 2015’ when it comes out as well. Thank you and please reply if possible.

kfangurl
6 years ago
Reply to  Amy

Hi there Amy, welcome to the blog! 🙂 It’s great to know that you’re enjoying the reviews, and yes, I do plan to watch and review both Producer and Who Are You: School 2015. It might take me a while, but I’ll get there!

Thanks for the recommendation on What Happens To My Family.. I’ll keep it in mind, but am unlikely to be able to check it out anytime soon, to be honest. I’ve got way too many dramas on my plate and on my watch list, so it’s already challenging to make time for those, while making time for Real Life too. If I do check it out, I’ll let you know!