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Dramas and films from the South East Asian nations: South Korean, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines and China

Favourite School-Theme Dramas & Films(Orient)


Having just watched A Love So Beautiful, I am still suffering from withdrawal symptoms. I have watch the said drama, almost non-stop for a period of almost three weeks. Over and over.  I watched it first without subtitles and then with. I just couldn’t get enough of it. But it is coming to an end.

I dare say I might rewatch the whole thing over again because it has become my favourite.

There are many school-theme drama on offer from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and China which are really good.

Below is my list, which is a work in progress and not in any order.

Favourite School-Theme Dramas & Films (Orient)

  • 100 Days With Mr Arrogant (Korean Film)
  • A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama)
  • Ao Haru Ride (Japanese)
  • Angry Mom (Korean Drama)
  • Ani Ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu (Japanese Drama)
  • Asuko March!
  • Attention, Love (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Biscuit Teacher & Star Candy (Korean Drama)
  • Boys Over Flowers
  • Bull Fighting (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Campus Confidential (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Thai Movie)
  • Daytime Shooting Star (Japanese Film)
  • Devil Besides You (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Good Morning Call – Season I & II (Japanese)
  • Hana Kimi  (Japanese)
  • Hana Yori Dango (Japanese)
  • Heartstrings (Korean)
  • Heirs (Korean)
  • Heroin Disqualified (Japanese Film)
  • High School Debut (Japanese Film)
  • High School Love On (Korean)
  • Ikemen Desu Ne (Japanese)
  • Itazura Na Kiss Love in Tokyo (Japanese)
  • Kimi Ni Todoke (Japanese Film)
  • Kinkyori Renai (Japanese)
  • L-DK (Japanese Film)
  • Love Til The End of Summer (Chinese Drama)
  • Love, Timeless (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Ore Monogatari !! – My Love Story!!
  • Playful Kiss (Korean)
  • Say I Love You (Japanese Film)
  • Yankee-Kun To Megane-Chan (Japanese)

 

I Cannot Hug You; Touch Me 无法拥抱的你 Chinese Drama Review

I Cannot Hug You; Touch Me 无法拥抱的你 Chinese Drama Review

I started watching this drama last night and I must admit I was hooked immediately. Probably it was because it starts rather familiar Chinese actors. Zhang Yuxi from Dear Prince, Zhing Zhaolin from Eternal Love and the cute Dai Jing Yao from the recently finished drama The Big Boss.

Apparently this drama was based from a Korean webtoon UnTouchable, which is about a modern day vampire story.  Gone are the days when vampire suck the blood out of human.  They are more cultured now, they get their energy from simply touching a human.  Human exude their own distinct ‘touch taste’.

Cast:

  • Xing Zhao Lin as Jiang Zhi Hao
  • Zhang Yu Xi as Li Shi Ya
  • Dai Jing Yao as Xin Ba
  • Xin Rui Qi as Xu Qing Ran
  • Xu Kai Cheng as Cui Jun He
  • Gao Junjie
  • Wang Ruo Xue as Li Lan Xi
  • Kele Sun as Yin Shi Huan

Our heroine Li Shi ya (Zhang Yuxi) is a 21st century vampire. She is a celebrity.  She is a bit capricious who ran away from home thinking that her father, who is also a vampire, is much too controlling.

She was out buying magazines one day when she bumped into Jiang Zhi Hao, the male lead, who suffers from OCD in the form of being germaphobic.  Anyway Li Shi ya accidentally touched Zhi Hao’s hand and they had an immediate connection.  She found his touch tasty or delicious while Zhi Hao was confused and does not trust Li shi ya, so much so that he accused her of being a stalker and a perverted at that.

By sheer coincidence the flat Li Shi ya had just rented was next door to Zhi Hao, who again accused her of being a stalker.

Love of Aurora (Chinese Drama Review)

Love of Aurora (Chinese Drama Review)

 

Love of Aurora is a modern drama romance which will be made up of 50 episodes and directed by Liu Bo.

I love the leading girl in this because she was so cute in that 2016 drama, Hello, Mr Right with Korean actor, Lee Dong Gun

Cast:

Ma Ke as Li Jun Tai

Guan Xiao Tong as Han Zing Xi

Zhang Xiao Long as Li Ming Zi

Zhao Han Ying Zi as He Jin Wen

Ma He as Lei Yuan Yuan

Zhu Xiao Peng as He Hua Hao

It started rather dramatically.  Our heroine, Han Zing Xi was being chased by a man in suit.  While she was running she got hit by a car and later woke up with psychogenic amnesia.  Apparently this is a way for the brain to cope with unbearable traumatic memory.

The synopsis of the story is about a girl who is an actress with extra-ordinary talent who meets an heir to a large fortune but running away from responsibility and a very strict parents.

Good Morning Call Season 2 Review

Good Morning Call Season 2 Review

Yes, finally Good Morning Call Season 2 (Our Campus Days),  is being shown by Netflix.

It has 10 episodes altogether with some new characters.  This series two continues on from their middle school days to university life; campus days.

The new series is apparently a Netflix original and they only started showing it yesterday.  So whilst agogly waiting for this Japanese drama’s second series, I rewatched the original one and enjoyed it once again.  Lots of giggles!

I was rather unwell yesterday so what better than curl up in front of the telly and binge out on a cute little drama with a big box of chocolate.

And I binge-watch all 10 episodes.

Series two is still as kawaii but more mature.  I had a few tears a few times.  Poor Nao!

 

New Cast:

    • Shiraishi Shunya as Uehara Hisashi.
    • Fukuhara Haruka as Yoshikawa Nao.
    • Sakurada Dori as Shinozaki Daichi.
    • Sugino Yosuke as Natsume Shu.
    • Sagara Itsuki as Nanase Rin.
    • Takahashi Maryjun as Kumanomido Saeko.
    • Arai Moe as Konno Marina
    • Nagashima Shugo – Micchan
    • Nagasawa Koya – Abe Jun

Good Morning call, Our Campus Days follows on from when Uehara and Nao were forced to share an apartment and lived together. They were a a victim of a scammer who rented the same apartment to each of them. For months they lived together secretly. It was a school taboo for two kids to live together by themselves even it was platonic.

Uehara was a popular boy with his stunning good looks, intelligence of 200 IQ and being athletic to boot. He is one of the top three most gorgeous (popular) boys in their school. Girls were swooning everytime he walks by. But he is beyond cool. He was cold. He does not like all the fuss.   This made him even more desirable.

Nao on the otherhand is ordinary and rather clumsy but has got a pure heart and perseverance.  Her innocence made her a boy magnet.  Gorgeous guy were falling for her in a big way.  Daichi (one of the three popular boys) loved and pined for her for 8 long years.

Before long Uehara and Nao developed feelings for each other but the school found out about their housing situation. In the last episode of the first series, Uehara and Nao promised to be still together but they had to live separately. On moving day, they found that their estate agent/landlord put them into two flats, which were next to each other.

Series two continues on from this.

It now the big school, university.

Uehara met Natsume, who he really gets on with. Natsume is very gregarious and very popular with everyone, especially with the girls.

Uehara admired Natsume’s openness and helpfulness.  He perceived Natsume as a male Nao.  Natsume, like Nao, Uehara thinks, would go a long mile to help others, even if it means inconveniencing himself.  He was rather envious of Natsume’s friendliness, so much so that he developed a bit of inferiority complex, comparing himself to Natsume.

Natsume is flirty and in touch with his feminine side. He loves handicrafts and embroidery. No Uehara and Natsume do not have a gay thing. LOL 🙂

In fact Natsume kissed Nao, which Uehara witnessed. Nao was so distressed that she was spinning like a top, but Uehara forgave Natsume almost in a heartbeat. What kind of a boyfriend is he?

In the end Natsume truly fell for Nao.

Nao and Uehara’s relationship was undergoing a very uncertain phase.  To comfort the aggrieved Nao, Natusume kissed her which Uehara found out. Uehara was waiting for Nao to confess about the kiss but Nao was too embarrass to say anything at first until the moment for confession has passed.

But before judging Nao, Uehara was not a hard done by boyfriend.  He went on a date with his boss, called Saeko, who is aptly named as she was slightly psychotic.  LOL.  Uehara and Saeko even shared a kiss which Nao witnessed.

There are plenty of things that are going wrong as well as misunderstanding between Nao and Uehara so their relationship became rather awkward that Uehara said that he wanted space and asked Nao not to go into his flat or contact him for now. Nao understood and did what Uehara wanted. She is not confident about the relationship anyway. She was thinking that her relationship with Uehara was purely accidental, that if they were not ‘forced’ to live together Uehara would not have given her even a second look. Thinking this she finally accepted that they are not really right together and told Uehara that they should break up.

Though they had broken up, Nao said that she would only ever love Uehara and she put Natsume properly in his place that she cannot have a deeper relationship with him.  She was very upset too because Natsume had been a crutch to her in facing all her troubles.

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Uehara was also missing Nao but he kept thinking that Natsume is better suited to be with Nao.

Natsume is a good guy and really cares for Nao and her happiness. So he told Uehara where Nao would be at.

Ahhh they confessed their feelings to each other.

The end was that they are finally together with a more mature relationship as they spend nights together in each other’s flat. Ahhhh Uehara has turned lovely dovey 🙂 🙂 🙂  Welll lovey dovey the Uehara way.

A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)


A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)

This is such a cute drama.  I have seen about 20 episodes, in which only 16 so far are subtitled in English.  Despite the language barrier (can’t understand Chinese), I still found the drama quite engaging.  Probably because of the script is well developed plus the fact that the cast is beautiful and handsome.  Most of them are newbies, new to the business, which is amazing in itself as they do deliver fine acting.  When you have a good line-up of actors, it is usually hard to go wrong.

Cast:

  • Hu Yi Tian as Jiang Chen
  • Chen Yue as Chen Xiao Xi
  • Wang Zi Wei as Lin Jing Xiao
  • Gao Zhi Ting as Wu Bai Song
  • Zhang He Hao Zhen as Li Shu
  • Sun Ning as Lu Yang
  • Lv Yan as Li Wei

I love the main girl, Chen Xiao Xi.  She’s so lovely, full of vim.  She knows what she wants and goes for it.  At the age of 16 she wanted Jiang Chen, the geniusproud boy of her class.

This drama spans 19 years of their turbulent romantic life.  Based from the trailers of forthcoming episodes, it will not be all roses all the way through; there are a lot of angst and drama.  But having said that,it is predominantly cute scenes that will leave you gooeyly mesmerised!

This drama has been liken to the Japanese Itazura Na Kiss, which is I supposed the same formula where arrogant genius boy meets scatty girl.  The difference I think, which I prefer is that in A Love So Beautiful, the viewers are given a chance to know that the genius boy has really fallen for the girl almost from the beginning.  We see him becoming jealous and doing thousands of different ways to show the viewers how much he cares for the girl.  The subtle smile, the widening and furrowing of his eyes, glowering, grimacing, secretly grinning, his facial expressions are so sweet.

There are apparently 23 episodes.

By the way, it can be hard to wait for Chinese dramas to be subbed in English, which is rather frustrating sometimes especially when the drama is deemed to be good. I would like, therefore, to thank some hard-working youtube subbers (most of them hold full time jobs and study), who do subtitling in their spare time.  I would therefore would like to encourage you to subscribe to their channels to show appreciation.

Cheers!

 

Episode 1 

Chen Xiao Xi was shown reminiscing,  She said that the most important thing in her life is drawing… and drawing.  But back then it was a boy called Jiang Chen.

It all started in 2005 when she was 16 and enrolled in Chen Xi Middle School.

Chen Xiao Xi was without any qualms in pursuing Jiang Chen.  She told him she liked him in which he replied “I don’t like you.”  This hardly made Chen Xiao Xi stopped on her track.  In fact she researched on the internet how to make someone like you back.  So funny.  love it.

Back then, sending love letters was still the norm.  🙂

I love the characters.  Chen Xiao Xi is a least a foot shorter than Jiang Chen but somehow they looks so cute together.

Episode 2

This is story about children and parents.  Appreciate your parents while you still can.

Episode 3

This episode is about Chen Xiao Xi wanting to be the class monitor.

Episode 9

This episode is cuteness overload.  Jiang Chen and Xiao Xi riding the same bike together is just the cutest!  It is a bit sad though for the second male lead.  He is rather adorable in his own way because he always put Xiao Xi first before himself.. all the time!  The main topic of this episode is joining the class debating team.

Episode 10

This one is about Avian flu.  Of course Xiao Xi would be at least of those suspected of contracting bird flu.

Episode 11

This is rather sweet.  Finally Jiang Chen is showing a romantic interest in Xiao Xi.

It was nearing Christmas and about gift giving.  The girls were frantically knitting scarves, hats and gloves for their crushes.  Of course Xiao Xi can’t knit.  Instead Jiang Chen gave her his scarf when it was snowing.  So sweet.

Episode 12,

Their class was going on a field trip.  During the trip Xiao Xi and her friends prepared for her confession again to Jiang Chen.  They brought fireworks with them which they would lit up as she was confessing.  Unfortunately, it did not go the way it was planned.  Another girl was confessing to Jiang Chen when the fireworks burst into a myriad of colours. Xiao Xi witnessed Jiang Chen hugging the girl. Thank goodness Wo Bu Song(second male lead) was there to take the crying Xiao Xi away from the scene.

I have to say that Jiang Chen is rather frustratingly annoying sometimes.  He knew how much Xiao Xi is aching to be his girlfriend and chase him every at available moment  and yet Jiang Chen is toying with her by not discouraging the other girl, Li Wei, to run after him as well.

Episode 13

This episode is the aftermath of the aborted confession by Xiao Xi to Jiang Chen.  It was lovely that her friends were there to support her.  Wo Bu Song was there all the way through her heartache giving her a shoulder to cry on, which only made Jiang Chen lonelier because he actually misses the bubbly Xiao Xi who was always on his face and then suddenly avoiding him like the plague. To be fair to him, he did do everything to make amends.  And at the end of the episode, he explain to Xiao Xi that what happened with Li Wei was not what it seemed.  This episode also showed that Li Wei was caught cheating in their English exam, which meant an expulsion from the school.

Episode 14

This is the episode where there was that cute hair tucking behind Xiao Xi’s ear using a pen by Jiang Chen.  Xiao Xi said that she will not ask ever again what was going on with Li Wei but she ask Jiang Chen not to hang out with Li Wei.

Jiang Chen can’t respond to such request.  So their estrangement continues on.

But Li Wei was caught cheating at the exam. She became depressed that she even thought of jumping from the rooftop of their school building.

She was so upset and depressed that she even taken the Diazepam drug from the school clinic without prescription or permission.  Unfortunately for the handsome doctor, the object of Ling Jing Xiao’s crush, became the scapegoat and got fired.  Before he left he saved the life of Li Shu, who got very very upset after finding out that Ling Jing Xiao is crazy about the doctor.  Li Shu ended up in the hospital due to his congenital heart problem.

By the end of this episode, Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen are back at their most flirtatious. 🙂

Episode 15

Bo Song’s dad asked Xiao Xi to cheer up Bo Song, who has a more complicated injury to his shoulder, thus will not be able to join the national team.

Xiao Xi being a good friend became very attentive to Bo Song much to the chagrin of Jiang Chen.  Jealousy doesn’t recognise double standard.  He did not repel Li Wei advances immediately previously and made Xiao Xi upset and jealous and yet expected Xiao Xi to be not too friendly Bo Song.

Again there are so many cute scenes here, showing the jealous Jiang Chen, including going out to get water only to come back with an empty one.  Precious!  There was also that pool game between Bo Song and Jiang Chen.

In order to pacify Jiang Chen who lost the game, Xiao Xi said that he played a very good game and would have won against normal player.  And rubbing salt to injury, she tactlessly said that Bo Song is just above him because he is amazing.  Jiang Chen can’t take it anymore so he had to cover her mouth with his hand.  Kawaii!!!

 

Episode 16 

This is a bittersweet episode.  Wo Bu Song finally confessed to Xiao Xi but at the same time accepting defeat.  He finally gave up the hope of being with Xiao Xi, because he knew she only sees Jiang Chen.

As much as Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen are so cute together, there are times that I wish Xiao Xi to just give up and just be with Wo Bu Song who was really devoted to her.

There was a cute tiny bromance between Bo Song and Jiang Chen.  Bo Song said he will Xiao Xi under the care of Jiang Chen as he was going to pursue his swimming dream in Beijing, to which Jiang Chen said “She was never yours to leave”

Bo Song said you are annoying sometimes and Jiang Chen, “it’s mutual”

Episode 17

Xiao Xi  did not get into any university but went to an art college and revising to retake exam upon advise by Jiang Chen, who said that he will help her get to the university he was going to.  She did get into Zheijiang university and officially dating Jiang Chen.  This episode is so cute.  It seems Jiang Chen is missing Xiao Xi more than she misses him. Their telephone conversation was so excruciatingly cute. They also shared their first kiss.  However Xiao Xi was drunk at the time.  Jiang Chen said that if she remember the night, she has to contact him.  Sweet.

Episode 18

A specially sweet episode.  Jiang Chen is the perfect caring boyfriend, masterful and yet gentle at the same time.  Their hug when she was wearing a pink dinosaur outfit was so romantic.  Love it.

Episode 19

It is graduation from university and they had to move on from their dormitory.

Xiao Xi needed to find somewhere to stay and rather upset that Jiang Chen was forever busy with his hospital life.  She was envious of her friends who were all moving in with their respective boyfriends.  When she went to view an apartment by herself, Xiao Xi was almost assaulted by the realtor.

She went crying all the way to the hospital where Jiang Chen was.  But she found out that he was going to Beijing without consulting her.  She felt belittled and immaterial in Jiang Chen’s life scheme that she said she doesn’t want to like him anymore.  What she doesn’t know was that Jiang Chen had always planned to marry her and if he was going to Beijing then he was taking her with him.  But Jiang Chen is rather poor in communicating his feelings so Xiao Xi is left feeling just like a surplus and her old insecurities surfaced, thinking that it was always a one sided life that Jiang Chen never really liked her anyway even from the first.

Jiang Chen was rather distraught after having a patient dying (first death he has witnessed) on the operating table under his team.

He went to Xiao Xi for comfort but she was really upset with Jiang Chen that she turned her back on him.  For the first time, when he called her name, she did not listen and just left him.  Thinking that Xiao Xi doesn’t care anymore, he accepted a post of further study to Beijing.

As the last minute at the airport, Jiang Chen called Xiao Xi, begging her to go find him to which Xiao Xi replied, you bastard, I am not going to find you.

But of course, Xiao Xi did go look for him but she missed him. Xiao Xi was left crying only to be faced by the smilingly gorgeous Bo Song. 🙂

Episode 20

Jiang Chen is back after three years in  Beijing. He saw Xiao Xi on his peripheral vision in the hospital.  He was excited to see her.  But it looked like that he was too late as Bo Song was rather too familiar with Xiao Xi.

It ended with Jiang Chen under the spotlight of his car walking towards Xiao Xi, who was rather mesmerised by the tall, slim and elegant visage of her ex.  What else can she do?  Of course she has to give in to her longings.  Kissesssss!

Episode 21

TBA

Episode 22

TBA

Episode 23

Final one

 

Melt your heart. The sweetest ever!
I have followed it religiously for more than a week now.  I have hardly watch any other dramas at all because I have been watching episode after episodes over and over.

This drama is truly addictive.  The script writer got it so right but most of all the young actor, Hu Yi Tian was brilliant in his role.  every facial expression is spot on.  He might be perceived as rather cold but he does wear his heart on his sleeves.  We can see what goes on in his mind and heart in every twists of his nose, curl and pout of his lips and the way he stares at Xiao Xi is just adorable.  He was also very tactile.  He holds her, hugs her unashamedly.  Yue Shen as Xiao Xi is also a good actress considering that this is her first role ever.  She is lovely and fun. I love her, love her character and so looking forward to her next drama serial in Meteor Garden next year.  But one thing do, she has to practise her crying.  It is not believable to the point of rather annoying.  But other than that, I hope she makes another drama with Hu Yi Tian in the near future.

I can’t wait for the rest of the episodes but at the same time dreading that it will be ending this Thursday, 07 December 2017.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! HOPE TO SEE MORE OF HU YI TIAN AND SHEN YUE IN 2018

Chinese & Taiwanese Dramas OST

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Chinese & Taiwanese Dramas OST

What makes a drama memorable?  There are a lot to consider but I think one big factor is the soundtrack that goes with it.  With just a few notes, you know what drama the soundtrack is from.

I can’t understand Chinese Mandarin or Cantonese but somehow the tune of the music gets to me.

Here is a list of my favourite.

 

Because This is My First Life (KDrama Review)

Because This is My First Life (KDrama Review)

This is a rather tender love story.  It stars the gorgeous Jung So-Min and a return to the small screen for Lee Min-ki in a leading role after 10 years.

I would watch anything with Jung So-min in it because she is such a good actress and she has that fresh and bright screen presence, which I like.

I was really pleasantly surprised with this drama.  There are a lot of things going on with the various characters.  But in the middle of it all is a tender and sweet developing love story between two lonely and rather reserved individuals.

Cast:

  • Lee Min-ki as Nam Se-hee
  • Jung So-min as Yoon Ji-ho
  • Esom as Woo Su-ji
  • Park Byung-eun as Ma Sang-goo
  • Kim Ga-eun as Yang Ho-rang
  • Kim Min-seok as Sim Won-seok

Jung So-min plays Yoon Ji-ho, a 30 year old assistant writer of melodrama who is being taken advantage by work mates and family and became homeless.  By sheer coincidence she ended up renting a spare room with Nam-se-hee (played by Lee Min-ki).

Se-hee at 38 had his life planned in minute details.  He owns his apartment by way of a mortgage, which he hoped to have paid in 12 years time and is scrimping every penny to do so.

Nam-se-hee has rented out his spare room but had had bad luck with tenants until he met Ji-ho. She was ideal for him.  She is quite house-proud.  When writing, she would clean and polish every surface in the house to get her inspiration.  She also loves Kitty, Se-hee’s cat.  That’s not all she avidly does the recycling.  And to top it all, she loves football/soccer.  She support Arsenal just like Se-hee and they would spend time watching the game on tv. To prevent any complication they had a contract where they agreed that they can not like each other in a romantic way.

Se-hee’s parents are pressuring him to settle down and get married.  Se-hee asked Ji-ho to marry him but Ji-ho had to turn him down as she equates marriage with love and affection, not just a landlord and tenant in a contractual marriage.  She wants the real deal..

Ji-ho moved out but found that she was lonelier and so does Se-hee.  He was missing her.

I love that Se-hee is beginning to loosen up a bit from being very uptight.  It is very slowly but really rather sweet to watch.

In episodes 3-4, after Ji-ho was assaulted by a drunk actor, whom she had a crush on for three years, Ji-ho was at her lowest ebb.  This finally drove her to accept Se-hee’s proposal of marriage.

It is a sweet love story and Min-ki and So-Min have a good chemistry.

I can’t wait for tonight’s episode. This drama is made up of 16 episodes shown every Mondays and Tuesdays  Yey!

I do highly recommend this drama.  In the first episode there was that conversation about the neocortex.  The neocortex is that part of the brain that gives you memory and sensory. The neocortex is the price humans have to pay for evolution.

Episodes 5 & 6

Woah what happened to the gentle and tender love story developing between the leads?  In these episode they have gotten married but before you can say honeymoon period, the gravity that pulled them together is now putting them asunder. Friction no less.

I supposed you can see a mile off when Ji-ho behaved like a new bride and develop a cute proprietorial affection to her husband, Kitty, the cat and the house, that Se-hee can only pull back.  He doesn’t do affection from a wife or anybody.  He wanted a paying tenant.  His goal is clear to him.  He wanted the marriage to last for 2 years, until then they will go their separate way. still platonic, bordering on being really strangers to prevent any complication.  He wanted to live alone in his little flat where he wanted to die alone as well.  This situation of course saddened the already lonely Ji-oo.  She was so embarrassed that she put back all her defences on high alert.  It is war! 🙂

I am so looking forward to how this story develops next weeks.

Episodes 7-8

After walking out from her writing job, Ji-hoo found a part-time job as a waitress at a nearby coffee shop called YOLO (You Only Live Once) from her husband’s workplace.  It was only time that he sees her.  And he did.  He saw his young missus astride an expensive motorcycle with a young gorgeous man.  He felt a twinge of jealousy but stopped himself because she was a wife in name only.

The young man is Bok Nam, teases Ji-Hoo with “if you have a husband, can’t you have a boyfriend?”  Which concerns her as she feels the loneliness from her pretend marriage.  Bok Nam continued to shower her with time and affection, treating her very well in a touchy feely sort of way, even buying her a hair grip and a book.  Very different from her stoic husband.

The end of episode 8 was very uplifting!  It looks like a happy ending afterall for Ji-hoo and Se Hee.  She thinks that love exists as Se hee extends his hand to her asking her to go home with him.

Episodes 9-10

There was a bit of misunderstanding.  Se Hee, after receiving various misinformation, thought that Bok Nam was the stalker and rapist in a dating site Se Hee’s work have been running. Thus, he thought that Ji-hoo was in danger.  Se Hee, very out of character, kicked the very expensive motorcycle.

Bok Nam actually was quite innocent.  He was a victim of identity theft.

The hand-holding did not last long.  Again Se Hee explained in detail that they can’t be any more than landlord and tenant because after their contract marriage is over, the impact on Ji-ho will be immense as a woman and much younger than him.

He is really getting on my nerves 🙁  He will step towards her and then pull back.  Poor Ji Ho.  Bok Nam teases her that she has a one-sided love for her husband.  Ji Ho was a bit concerned but she can’t help herself.

Bok Nam told Ji hoo that he forgave her husband from destroying his motorcycle because he said something lovely about Ji hoo.  Apparently Se Hee respect her and she is a good defender (as in football).  She knows how to look after herself and their relationship.

But this again did not last long because Se Hee said that she failed her defender role by kowtowing to his parents.  He was very upset when Ji Ho went to help out on the memorial day of his family.  He paid Ji ho for all her effort with 100,000 KRW ($90).  Ji Ho was rather insulted and said that the payment was not enough, he had to work in her family farm in the week and make kimchee.

Episodes 11

OMG this episodes’s last 5 minutes  is the business.  It was so darn cute.  I can’t wait for it to be subtitled when I first watched it raw.  The kissing was terrifically passionate.

Woah Se Hee was  so manly and sexily forceful.  LOL

Thank goodness, I thought from the trailer last week that it was going to be a dream, the seaside kissing,  I mean.  But no siree!  Se Hee said that he had been meaning to correct Ji Ho’s bus stop kiss.  He said that was not a kiss, not even a peck.  It was just momentary touching of lips.  He then proceeded to snog her face.  He then asked if she understood and would she like him to show her once more?  Our good girl, Ji Ho, said yes.  … and more kisses.

It looks like it would be a rather romantic episode tomorrow based on the trailer.  But there was a quick shot of Se Hee ex-girldfriend.  Nooooo

We have only another 5 episodes.  We don’t want heartbreaks, we don’t want misunderstanding.  We want lots of loving, a lot of affectionate activities, plenty more of tonsil hockey and probably some tasteful under the sheets frolicking.  LOL

Episode 12

What can I say?  This is the episode that we have been waiting.  For an hour or so, it packed quite a dramatic, romantic, comedic and at the same time melancholic vignettes.

There were so much kissing between Se Hee and Ji Ho (I like)  It was so hilarious at the start when Ji Ho was really into it while here mobile was ringing.  Se Hee was a good sport, he continued kissing while alerting her of the ringing phone. Phenomenal.

This drama really is of three couples.  Se Hee and Ji Ho of course are in the middle of it.

Ji Ho has a couple of bffs since middle school,  Soo Ji and Ho Rang.

Soo Ji has a high powered corporate job, where she constantly suffers from sexual harassment from colleagues.  Soo Ji puts up with it most times but now and again she strikes back.  She started dating Ma Sang-goo, the CEO of where Se Hee works.  As much as Sang-goo wants to get even closer to Soo Ji, she rebuffs his advances.  She wanted to keep it casual.  She said that she lives in a shitty situation and does not want to drag Sang-goo into it.

I must say that their relationship is fun and romantic.  I love their teasing and being very sexual and yet tender romance.  Esom (Soo Ji) & Park Byung Eun (Mr Ma) have a lovely chemistry.  You actually believe their love affair.  At first I was rather surprised about Park Byung Eun.  I have only seen him playing the shady/baddy characters in dramas in the past.  He was actually fanciable as a leading man.

As to Ho Rang, she has the most heart-rending story.  She is living with her boyfriend, Won Seok, of 7 years on the small top floor apartment overlooking great scenic view of Seoul.

Her raison d’etre was to get married and be a good stay-at-home housewife.  With some manipulation she was finally able to make Won Seok, pop the question.  She happily planned a rather lavish wedding, thinking that they have enough money, after all they have been saving at least a 1000 KRW a month.  Unbeknown to her Won Seok had hardly put anything as his company was not making any money.  In fact he gave up his company and now worked as a salary man with Mr Ma and Se Hee.

Ho Rang, though very sad, won’t say anything, which only troubled and stressed Won Seok.  He knew that they are dancing around the issues of marriage, wedding and money and careful not to go into these as it would lead to a point of no return.

Won Seok had to sadly ask Ho Rang to postpose the wedding for another 5 years.  Ho Rang reminded him that she will be 35 in 5 years and have been together for 12 years.  Won Seok, with breaking heart asked her to break up. hu hu hu  Really sad.

Episode 13 & 14

I have to say I was rather annoyed with how this drama is going as far as Ji Ho and Se Hee are concerned.  Ji Ho is beginning to irritate.  She is so self-obsessed.  Why not give Se Hee a chance.  He is beginning to lighten up and yet Ji Ho seemed not to notice.  He even cooked her omorice for breakfast.

She is now going to ask to end their contract because she thought that she is doing the right thing in giving Se Hee back his freedom to connect with his ex-girlfriend.  Of course Se Hee would only feel rejected… again!

Episode 15 – 16

Lovely ending although I got tired of Ji Ho at episode 15.  She is so self-centred and immature for a 30 year old but then I remember that the title of the drama was Because This is My First Life so it is about hit and miss. Sometimes you get it right and sometimes you get is so wrong.

I have to admit that they over-use that Room 19 metaphor.  It should be put and disposed to Room 101 because it was so corny.  Ji Ho mentioned Room 19 to everyone as if they would know what she was talking about.

There was that glazed look in Se Hee when Ji Ho was once again going on about Room 19.  If it was real life I am pretty sure he would have said “shut up,  Ji Ho. this is exactly why I like to live alone if I can just afford it. It makes me misogynistic when I hear syncophatic twaddle like this.”  LOL

There was also that that pocketful of stars that she was talking about.  Her mother said that one should keep all the sparkling moments in a marriage is your star pocket to use up when the going gets tough.

Ji Ho countered that she is divorcing Se Hee to fill her pocket with stars.  I love her mother’s reaction “you are talking nonsense”.  Despite the wordy excitements of Ji Ho the rest of the drama was fantastic.  I love Se Hee’s romantic and emotional side.

It ended well.

 Mun Seongnam – This Life 

Fated to Love You (You’re My Destiny) Dramas

This drama is so good that it has been remade in Korean and currently by Thailand.

The story is about a timid office girl, who would try to do anything and everything to please her office co-workers, who accidentally slept (apparently this can happen 🙂 LOL) with a CEO of a large company.

Three months later, they met again but at this time, the girl found out that she was pregnant.  After a shotgun marriage, the two learned to live together but it was far from smooth sailing.  There were faced it so much emotional upheaval that the girl lost her baby.

Though they loved one another, they thought it was the unborn baby, Doggie Poop, who was holding them together.  So they decided to go on their separate ways.

But as the title says, they were fated to love.  Three years on, they met again.  This time the girl is now successful in her own right so on par with the man.  They finally got together and had a baby or two and lived happily ever after.

 

Fated to Love You (You’re My Destiny) Dramas

Fated to Love You (Taiwanese Version)

The original version is of course stars the very watchable Joe Chen and Ethan Ruan. It was made in 2008. They have a sweet, very touching chemistry.  Joe Chen was perfect to play the girl, Chen Xin Yi (Elaine).  She showed so much vulnerability that you feel for her.  You can see all the gamut of emotion running through her face.  Brilliant actress.  Ethan Ruan was a perfect foil to Joe.  Love them together.

Also the other characters were also rather adorable.  The story would make you cry and love at the antics of the other characters.

Fated to Love You (2014 Korean Version)

I love the Taiwanese version so much but I got curious with this Korean one.

OmG.  I was so pleasantly surprised.  It is of course the same story but it is still as fresh.  I have to say Jang Hyuk with his evil incessant laughter made me smile.  I think he has never look handsomer than in this drama.  His floppy curls only made him more masculine, a sex on two legs as they say, very fanciable! 🙂

Jang Nara of course is perfect to play the female lead, having the same delicate vulnerable face as Joe Chen.

They chemistry is so hot, rather sexual.  LOL

The opening scene where Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) being the CEO of Chemical industry corp, controls the ads for their new shampoo.  He was not happy with the model who was behaving like a diva.  So he proceeded to show the director and crew how he wants the ads to look by doing it himself.  Woah sexy!  This of course, is the beginning of a very sexy drama.  Fated to Love You (Korean)

You’re My Destiny (2017 Thai Version)

Go Back Couple (Korean Drama Review)

Go Back Couple (Korean Drama Review)

I first heard about this drama a couple of months ago.  I heard it was going to be a Jang Na-ra starrer and I looked forward to it.  Jang Na-ra has a delicate expressive face, which never ages.  I love her, there is always vulnerability to her acting, that gets or speaks to me.

Go Back Couple is a time travel drama, shown on Fridays and Saturdays with 16 episodes. (Correction, 12 episodes).

Choi Ban-Do (played by Son Ho-Jun) and Ma Jin-Joo (played by Jang Na-Ra) are both 38-years-old, and a recently divorced couple.

They got together when they were both in university at the age 20 in 1999.

Fast-forward 18 years on, Choi Ban-Do now works as a medical sales rep, not sure what happened as I thought he was studying civil engineering (civil construction), and Ma Jin-Joo is a housewife with a toddler to look after.

Ban-Do is a hardworking man, who does everything for his clients almost  24/7, that he has neglected his wife and their child.

Due to series of misunderstandings and the hardship of fulfilling their responsibilities, they began to take each other for granted and only ended up bickering when they were together .

During an anniversary that they could not celebrate, in the heat of the moment, due to utter frustration, they both said things that they shouldn’t have.

The last straw for Jin-Joo was finding a credit card statement with hotel bills and then being sent a video photo of her husband holding another woman in front of a hotel (these were all innocent, of course).

Jin Joo announced to her husband that she wanted a divorce.  Do Ban-do was at first surprised, but agreed to it.  Within a month, they were divorced.

They realised that they had married too young and wished they could go back and restart their respective lives.

On the day of the divorce, they both took their wedding rings off.  Jin-Joo dropped hers while aboard a bus and Ban-do threw his outside his bedroom window.  Both rings seemed to undergo something supernatural. Jin-joo and Ban-do experienced an earthquake-like shaking and rattling.

The next morning they both woke up in the bodies of their 20-year old selves.

Jin-Joo’s first scene as a 20 years old was really poignant that it brought tears to my eyes.  She was crying out for her dead mother in her sleep.  But she was being woken up by her mother.  She was so happy to see her.  Throughout the morning she hugged and followed her mother, who said she was beginning to creep out with Jin-Joo’s clinginess.

I love this drama, so much so that I first watched it raw, I just can’t wait for the subtitles. (Of course I can’t understand a word but then action speaks louder than words 😉 lol). And then watched it this morning with the English sub.  The mother scene still got to me.

I am putting a lot of faith in this drama.  There have been so many Korean dramas that I could only watch 2-3 episodes and I tend to give up fairly early on.

I supposed the storyline of this drama is more appropriate to me, being married.  Don’t I wish sometimes that I can go back in time?  Hell, yeah!!! 🙂

Episode 2 is also very watchable. Jin-Joo tried to restart her life but her ex seemed to be everywhere.  On a blind-date where they first met, Ban-do ended up still choosing her but said he did it so he could dump her.  She followed him out of the restaurant only to find him chasing after his first love.  Jin-Joo was heartbroken.  She comforted herself that at least it was a closure but she heard a little voice and saw the figure of their toddler following her.

She ended up in a flood of tears and mistakenly got into the back seat of Jung Nam Gil’s (second male lead) car, thinking it was a taxi.  I actually want these two to get together.

Again her scene sleeping next to her mother made me cry. huhuhu

Episode 3

They are now both getting into the single life.  There was a scene where Jin-Joo in her high-heels running on a slippery slope and being rescued by the handsome Jung Nam Gil (Chang Ki Yong) wearing his ROTC uniform.  I have to admit that was so romantic.  I wanted them to get together there and then.  🙂   Oh the clubbing scene is really nostalgic.  Loving this drama.  I watched it raw and then with subtitle.

Ban Do has a double standard mentality.  He doesn’t stop himself from enjoying his youth but time and again would remind Jin-Joo that she was an old woman with a child.

It is that addictive.

Episode 4

Again I wish that Nam Gil and Jin-Joo get it together in the end because they do have such a lovely chemistry.  It is young and fresh.  I watched this episode so many times, fast-forwarding sometimes on the scene between these two.  I am an old romantic.

Episode 5

This is an interesting episode.  It seems it is repeating what happened in 1999 but completely with different couples.  Jin Joo went to the movies with Nam-Gil instead of Ban-do.  Then Jin-Joo’s father was giving Nam-Gil the once-over as a potential boyfriend/husband for Jin Joo instead of Ban Do.

Jin Joo is beginning to feel something for Nam-Gil and they have some sweet moments too.

Jin-joo:  (In a restopub looking at the menu) Do you like something in particular?

Nam-gil: You.  I think it’s true.  I think I like you!

They were completely mesmerised with one another!  Ah young love!

🙂 🙂 🙂

Ban Do though is beginning to realise that there is more to Jin Joo.  She is actually a very attractive woman, wanted by someone rich, handsome and popular Nam-gil and by that slimy medical student.

Episode 6 ended with a scene inside a men’s toilet cubicle.  How romantic is that? It actually was- romantic!

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I don’t know but I find the episodes where Nam Gil appears a great deal are fresher and more interesting than when he is not around.

I think they should be together even in the future.

Despite having gone back to the past, Ban do and Jin Joo can’t find that missing synchronicity. Whenever Jin Joo was in danger or needed help, Ban do was nowhere to be found but Nam Gil was there each time.

What I wanted to do if I was in this drama is throw away that half dead cactus.:)  It seems it is a symbol of how Ban Do’s budding new found respect, love and affection for a younger more carefree Jin Joo.  The cactus is beginning to thrive.  Nooo!

No!!! Jin Joo, history would just repeat itself.  Dump him while you still can and go for that lovely Nam Gil.  🙂

Episode 9

This is a cute episode where Ban Do and Nam Gil play one-upmanship against one another to impress Jin Joo.

Instead of Ban Do, Jin Joo ended up having a romantic time with Nam Gil at the Bridge of Fireflies.  Ban Do once again missed his timing.

The episode ended up with Nam Gil sleeping next to Jin Joo.  When he raised his arm as a sign of victory, it was so cute.

Ban do might be working towards his future self by being nice to Kim Ye-rim, heiress to a hospital.  He might end up better off than a medical salesman. 🙂

Jin Joo is becoming more into Nam Gil because of his caring way but she can’t really fully take advantage of the attraction because of her future son, Seo Jin.

Go for it girl.

Fair is fair though, there is a chemistry between Ban do and Jin Joo even if I wanted her to end up with Nam Gil.

The music OSTs for episode 9 are great.

Episode 10

OMG, I have to admit I am a bit fickle.  I have to confess that I quite love Ban Do now.  I really feel for him.

I first watch this episode in a raw form, therefore, hardly understand what was going on, just a slight inkling but I was crying like a baby when Ban Do was crying towards the end.

Anyway I have just watched this now with subtitles and found that Ban Do is just a normal married guy, not the worst.  He did love Jin Joo but admitted that he took her for granted because of work.  And of course, as to most marriages,  you are not into each other as much as you were during the first couple of years.  They should have supported one another more.

I don’t understand why Jin Joo was blaming Ban Do for not being able to say goodbye to her mother, who passed away.  Why did she need Ban Do to take her to her mother?  Why not go by herself.?  Afterall at that time, she did not have Seo Jin yet.

I do feel a bit sorry for Nam Gil now.  It looks like Ban Do and Jin Joo will always be ‘IT’.

Also I have to mention about Dr Park, I know he was a sleazy scumbag but poor him had been pummelled by both Nam Gil and Ban Do plus he lost his meal ticket in Kim Ye-rim.

I did not know that Michael Jackson had such an impact in South Korea. JIn Joo’s mother and father were so good at ‘moonwalking’.  That scene was fun and rather uplifting.

Episode 11

OMG is Ban Do dead?  Is this paving the way for Ma Jin Joo  and Nam Gil to be together?

No!!!

I had a rethink, I want Ban Do to end up with Jin Joo afterall.  Sorry this is not a good review because I just watch this episode in a raw form.  Didn’t really fully understand what was going on plus the fact that I am blinded by tears.  Sad ending to this episode and they cleverly did not give away what was going to happen in the usual trailer for the next instalment.  I thought this series is composed of 16 episodes but actually it may only be 12 and that makes tomorrow’s as the final one. huhuhu

Ban Do did buy the rings, perhaps these are their tickets of going back to the present.  Also they found out that most of their troubles were from misunderstandings.  They did not talk about what was really bothering them.

I have to say there are so much issues which are needed to be solved and I don’t think an hour would fully cross the ‘T’s and dot the ‘I’s if indeed tomorrow is the last episode.

Still crying and can’t wait for tomorrow.  I hope Ban do is not dead.

Probably they both wake up in the present time, having realised that they can’t live without one of the other.

Episode 12

It was rather a shock to the system to find out that this drama was only a 12- episoder.  I was not ready to let Nam Gil, Ma Jin Joo, Ban Do and the rest of the cast to go yet.

There were so many scenes that spoke to me personally.  I always love the interaction of Jin Joo and her mother. They were poignant, especially when she asked Jin-Joo to look after her father when she’s gone. She half-believed Jin Joo was a time traveller who left behind a baby in the present time.

Anyway, I have never waited more excitedly for an episode than this one.

I was crying like mad when I thought Ban Do died.  Thank goodness he didn’t.

You would thought they would reconcile immediately but of course not!  They had to open your floodgate of waterworks first.  Again!!!

Ban Do said to Jin Joo that she will always be in his heart.  As much as he thought of Seo Jin, their son, all the time, he loved Jin Joo more and acknowledged that he can not make her happy so he had to let her go.

The Nam Gil/Jin Joo fanatics were acknowledged!  There was a really touching goodbye between Nam Gil and Jin Joo.  It was not particularly traumatic but I found myself tearing up.  Nam Gil is so lovely to the end.

I think I cried more than Jang Na Ra did just watching this drama.

I felt the ending was really abrupt. I would have wanted to know more how they affected the timeline.

But it was a good conclusion.

Dr Park got his comeuppance.  He can only look on  with regret how loved up Kim Ye Rim was with her husband, who looked devoted to her.

Sul is a travel writer?!!!

Jae Woo and Bo Reum got back together.

The time travel is due to the rings.  Apparently about 50 long years ago, in the land high above the sky there lived a couple of deities who were doppelgangers of Jin Joo and Ban do.  They were unhappily married and in a fit of madness, they both took off their wedding rings and threw them down.  The rings grant wishes.

Jin Joo and Ban Do were drawn to the rings when they were shopping for theirs.  Upon putting the ring on, Jin Joo wished that she will always be with Ban Do.  Thus, when Jin Joo and Ban Do divorced the rings had to do their magic to gluing Ban Do and Jin Joo back together again.

Windsong by Sohyang – Ost

Ashi Girl (Japanese Drama Review)

Ashi Girl

Ashi Girl (Japanese Drama Review)

After Overprotected Kohoko, Ashi Girl is my new Japanese drama to follow.

I have just watch the first 2 episodes with English subtitles and the 3 one in a ‘raw’ form.  Well it was that good that I had to watch it even if I only barely understand it.  🙂

Hayakawa Yui is  a 16 year old girl, who lacks motivation in her studies.  She is a bit of a tomboy, the one thing that she excels in was PE (Physical Education) more specifically, running.  She can run so fast that  everyone comments that the only fast thing about Yui are her feet.

Yui lives with her house-husband father, a doctor mother and a brainiac younger brother.

One day, Yui went into her brother’s ‘boy cave’ to call him for dinner but found him looking like he was about to commit seppuku, which is better known, I think, as harakiri (belly cutting/suicide).

The brother told her immediately that that was not the case but he has invented a way of going back into the past.  He wanted to send all the bullies from his school to the warring era of the Senguko period.

Her brother showed her the device, which was the knife he was holding, that would send anyone to the past.  Before the brother could warn her to be careful, Yui unsheathed the knife, which catapulted her into the Senguko period.

She was so hungry that she was about to eat fungi growing in the forest.  But warned by a rather handsome young man that the mushrooms were poisonous.  Yui fell in love.

The young man happens to be the crown prince.  He was Hagi Tadakiyo.

Despite her school uniform, the men thought she was a boy and she got recruited to be one of them as a foot soldier.  They thought she was Yuinisuke, the son of one of the villagers.

When she got to the village, Yuinisuke’s mom pretended that she was her long lost son.  The mother knew immediately that she was a girl and she sort of protected her.

From then on, she met a lot of adventure but her raison d’etre was to be closed to the crown prince.

She was back into the present by the second episode.  She found that she was missing the crown prince.  She dreams about him all the time.

So in the third episode, she opted to go back to the past and save the crown prince, who was said to have only 6 months to live according to history books.

Ashi Girl is apparently a manga story.  I have to admit that it is really quite endearing to watch.  Yui and the crown prince are so cute.

So looking forward to more adventures of these two.

I think this drama is composed of 12 episodes.

 

 

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