Blurbs

Money Game

This was soooo not on my watch list this year.

Summary of this drama: Powerful movers & shakers of the financial landscape in Korea – can’t seem to be content with status quo. Any backdoor dealings that benefit only the few always spells bad news for a country. After the 1997 IMF crisis, South Korea may seem to be on the verge of facing such possibility again due to those who vie for power.

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I’m one of those who just won’t gravitate towards storylines as such… well, with the exception of Default (2018 movie) which I happened to stumble upon during my flight back to home town. This movie was goooood.

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Blurb: Her Private Life

It takes a rather special, out-of-this-Kdrama-universe Kdrama to get my fingers fly across the keyboard to say something about it. There were a few “close call” ones, but if I could wrestle my way out of its tractor beam’s strength, then it wasn’t compelling enough for me to write.

Until Her Private Life aired on April 10 2019.

O.mai.gad yarobun

The fact that I could only do this entry after the show has completed its run, speaks volumes of its lethal level of spazzing.

That’s right folks.
Spazzing and squeeing about it in between its weekly airing was mandatory 😆

Cliff notes version of this drama:
Sung Deok-mi is a talented chief curator of Cheum Museum of Art, who also happens to lead a double life of a fanatic fangirl of White Ocean’s Cha Shi-An. Not just serious fangirling, but she is also the fansite manager of “Shi-an is My Life” website.

Ryan Gold is a standoffish artist who suffers from Stendhal syndrome after succesfully launching his career as a much-sought after savant. He becomes the new Art Director of Cheum Museum of Art when the current director was suspended due to suspicious embezzlement activities.

After four episodes in, and an unfortunate case of presumption, thanks to an almost sasaeng, news spread like wildfire about Deok-mi and Shi-An’s supposed covert relationship.

Enter Ryan to the rescue by suggesting he and Deok-mi pretend to date to keep off Shi-An’s fanatic fans who threaten to harm her.

Can you see where this is gonna lead down the yellow-brick road? 😀

Would anyone in their sane mind refuse Kim Jae Wook – oh sorry – RYAN GOLD as their pretend boyfriend? o_O

This has been a throughly refreshing KDrama I’ve enjoyed watching in years. There was no dragging makjang episodes, the noble-idiot hiccups, the “we’re from different worlds” angle, the case of mega-miscommunication which would eventually take on a life of its own, memory loss… what else have I left out?

Oh yes! The dragon of a mother-in-law, the vengeful and sharp-clawed ex…

HAHAHAHAHA!! I’ve been watching WAAAAAYYY too many Kdramas!

If you want to witness the journey of forging a friendship, and then the blossoming of romance in one of the most mature manners ever, then plan a marathon binge soon.

Once you’re done with that, BINGE AGAIN!

And having a director who is not shy of including many kissing scenes – and I mean you count those scenes with BOTH your hands – certainly helps with this drama’s tractor beam level.
Heads Up: proceed to YouTube for their numerous Behind The Scenes takes. Freakin’ OMAIGAD 😀

This drama is SO WORTH IT ❤ !!

Blurb: Misty

If only networks could pace the amount of good dramas to broadcast, my Kdrama viewing life would be set. However, we know that shall never happen on a consistent basis 🙂

So, on a rather quiet evening, I perused the backlog of dramas that have premiered but didn’t get a chance to watch (and assess its worthiness to invest my time). I saw Misty, with one of my fave actors, Ji Jin Hee, in the lead role.

OK, this could be promising…

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BLURB: Suspicious Partner/ Love in Trouble

This is not a recap, nor is it a first impression of the drama.
Suspicious Partner had a momentous run and by the end of its air-time lifespan, fans around the world began shipping the OTP, willing them into the next real-life couple.

But talk about leaving a Lasting Impression… Oh. My. Lawd.

Open those windows and wipe your flushed face down with a cold towel

😍 😍 😍

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

I just HAD to say something about this little dynamo that can hold its own against The Legend of the Blue Sea.

While many viewers were anticipating the premiere of Lee Min Ho’s latest drama, a few of us tuned in to Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo mostly out of curiosity. Well, maybe not so for Nam Joo Hyuk’s die-hard fans, but we’re talking about David & Goliath proportions when these two dramas were pitted against each other in the Wed-Thurs prime time slot.

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As I watched Lee Sung Kyung’s character transformation (from Bee-yotch Doctor in Doctors to No-nonsense Athlete in WFKBJ) in Episode 1, I had a feeling this could be her defining moment as an actor.

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Blurb: Oh My Venus

Well, well, well.

After saying a proper farewell to AwesomeSauce Kim Shin Hyuk of “She Was Pretty”, I thought it was going to be an uphill battle to fall in like with another drama right after…

Perhaps a replay of massive withdrawal symptoms after the phenomenal run of Secret Love Affair…

But, I was DEAD Wrong o_O

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I thought “Oh My Venus” was going to take that beaten-to-death path of popular-girl-becomes-frumpy-and-#loseweight-get-boyfriend-back.

And I’m SO DAMN GLAD it’s not.

And I’m SO DAMN EXCITED that Shin Min Ah is kicking ass in this drama as a sweetheart with a heart of gold and oozing with “am no doormat to nobody” attitude whether skinny or not.

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Blurb: She Was Pretty Ep 14 – Heart Slayer

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Didn’t I just mention how Kim Shin Hyuk slayed me thus far in She Was Pretty?

Didn’t I just mention how AWESOME-sauce Choi Si Won has been as Kim Shin Hyuk in this drama?

SO HOW IS IT POSSIBLE HE SLAYED ME AGAIN IN EPISODE 14?! o_O

Not gonna talk about the meandering story about “Will We or Won’t We” sink plot line in Episode 14. In fact 95% of this episode was stretching The Most about doing all they can for the magazine. But, in the last 10 minutes of the 4th Quarter, my jaw slackened at how A-may-zing Kim Shin Hyuk is.

Sorta Spoiler Alert!!

He sneaks Hye Jin out for a date in one of the most unassuming ways I’ve seen (even in real life!) and she ends up spending the entire day out with him having a great meal and acting like kids at the Theme Park. He was, in his way, creating memories with her and filing them away as one of those moments in time when he fell in love and had to let go.

Of course he HAD to re-enact their signature radish scene, but this time, in a posh hotel setting…

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BLURB: She Was Pretty

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Two weekends ago, I surprised myself for carving out time to browse through currently on-air KDramas… just to get a feel on what’s going on. Y’know what I mean?

I’ve really been out of the KDrama Universe, but I knew my Sweet Cheeks, Yoo Ah In, is in SBS’ Six Flying Dragons and Lee Dong Wook will dive into a romantic comedy with Jung Ryeo Won in Bubblegum (which I shall also check out later 🙂 )

So, with zero expectations, I began Episode 1 of She Was Pretty on Friday night, 8:30pm… and by Saturday noon, I couldn’t wait for the upcoming episode of this drama. Much thanks to the Meteorically Improved Choi Si Won o_O

Who would’ve thought he could metamorphosize the 2nd Male Lead character into the unofficial MALE LEAD for this drama?!  In fact, I was ROOTING for him to be with Hye Jin instead of Sung Joon!!

What blasphemy!!  😮

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Blurb: Valid Love 20

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HT reads IR’s letter and when he stumbles upon her by chance at the zebra crossing, he realized he began to feel that fluttery excitement in his heart. The light turns green for pedestrians but they both remain rooted in their position. As the timer runs down to the last 10 seconds, IR decides to walk across and HT wonders if her heart is excited seeing him again.

IR:  Long time no see [smiles]… I’ll be going.

It took 5 more seconds before HT invites her for a drink… canned drinks at a public park. He notices IR’s latest purchase at the Art store and remembers her artwork since high school. He encourages her to pursue her artistic passion.

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