You Who Came From The Stars

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Melodrama, Romance, Supernatural

Year: December 18, 2013 - February 27, 2014

Synopsis: Do Min Joon is an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty period. Do Min Joon possesses a near perfect appearance and enhanced physical abilities involving his vision, hearing and speed. Later, he discovers that he has three months left on Earth. And that is when he meets Cheon Song Yi, the biggest Hallyu star in Korea.

Review: Beyond hilarious, this drama is one of the top dramas I have watched. It is well scripted, the cast is brilliant… *cough* Kim Soo Hyun is ALWAYS BRILLIANT *cough* and it left me wanting more.

Cheon Song Yi is crazy. What more can I say? She amazingly funny and off the wall. I absolutely LOVE her. Love Love Love. Her over dramatization and aegyo had me in tears. Seriously could not get enough. 

I could go on alllllllllll damn day about Do Min Joon. All damn day. Bloody Brilliant. But one thing that really stuck out to me is his interaction with Song Yi’s younger brother, Yoon Jae. Yoon Jae thinks of Do Min Joon as E.T. and it makes the most hilarious interactions. 

I honestly dont…well….. didnt have anything bad to say about this drama… until the last episode. Now, I can understand that SBS needed to rush the episode a bit. I can understand that. But, the fact that they approved this course for the ending of this drama…… I cant accept that. 

A friend of mine and I went back and forth spewing about 3-4 possibly more acceptable endings for this drama that actually made sense. Please tell me how disappearing in a field, and getting stuck in a wormhole, only to be able to teleport back temporarily… makes sense? What happened to the ship? If hes stuck in a wormhole, that means he never made it home. See how depressing that is? So if hes on the ship, then hes stuck in a worm hole and he teleports back to Earth for a short period of time. See how even more depressing that is?

See that image. Its now my answer for everything…. “Where are you going?”… “Im going on a JOURNEY…” Fabulous.

Now, the epilogue. Can you even call that an epilogue? It was 2 minutes long, and most of it was already previously shown. Did it make you feel better? Did it EXPLAIN anything? My answers to these important questions is… No. It was a waste of 2 minutes. Still no explanation on the Wormhole theory. Still no happy ending. SBS, did you really think that your half-assed ending would fly? Apparently, they did.

No marriage. No kids. No REAL happy ending. Just this fake happiness that the two of them can have when he is able to stay on Earth. 

As much as I want to dock points for the AWFUL ending to this drama. Ill dock 1 point… I feel that is fair. The rest of the drama is FUCKING BRILLIANT and the score shouldnt suffer because of 1 episode.

Score: 8

SBS. you disappoint me.

[Music Review] Lipservice - Yum Yum Yum

I havent been compelled enough to do a music review for a LONG time… but I dont think I have ever been obsessed with a song as I have with this one… in a long time.

New Duo group, Lipservice, features Bipa and Kora. Now, I have never been one to love hip-hop. That is until i discovered K-pop. 

The song is, in one word, addictive. I knew from the first time I played it that I was done for. The repetitive and somewhat cutesy lyrics aside, the hardcore electronic beat that accompanies them is a perfect mixture. No matter how many times Ive listened to it… Im not bored. 

The dance seems simplistic enough, but really Ive just been staring at the video wanting to learn it.

What can I say about this? Its definitely a song thats sparked something for me. Im addicted and obsessed. 

The Moon That Embraces The Sun

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Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Political, Romance

Year: January 4, 2012 to March 15, 2012

Synopsis: A love story between King Lee Hwon and a female shaman named Wol. Wol was born from a noble family and became the crown princess, but she was entrapped and faced execution. Finally, she lived as a shaman. Based on the novel “Haereul Poomeun Dal” by Jung Eun-Gwol.

Review: Let’s just put aside the fact that two of my favorite actors happen to be present in this drama. I have never seen such an excellent transition from adolescence to adulthood in any other drama Ive watched. The resemblance between the actors playing the children and the ones playing the adults was uncanny. 

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This is not your typical historical drama. Id definitely put it under a more comedy aspect, but I will say that someone cries every episode. Normally this would annoy me, but for some reason, i was fine with it. Maybe because I was able to relate and the story was understandable with it there? Who knows.

I was a little upset by some of the deaths that occurred but, it had to happen right? Prince Yang Myung’s death was one that annoyed me the most because CLEARLY his death could have been avoided. Move to the side… MOVE TO THE SIDE.

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Another death I was upset to watch was Seol’s. She had to be my favorite character in the entire drama. Dont ask me why… I dont have an answer. I just dont think her death should have occurred… the Prince’s either.

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I would like to mention that I have never, in all the dramas I have watched so far, been tempted to jump through the screen and strangle a character. Granted they have either annoyed me or pissed me off to no end, but never have they brought me to the point of actually wanted to wanting to cause physical harm to said character. The grandmother and Father-in-law in this drama, did just that. And Id have to say that the actors and writers did an excellent job on them… because seriously… my anger towards them came from the fiery depths of hell…

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I have to mention the humor that was put into this drama is immense. I was yelling at the screen and laughing throughout the entire thing. Its rare. And even more so with a historical drama. Last drama I watched that this drama could even match was ‘Return of Iljimae’, which also starred Jung Il Woo. 

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I HIGHLY recommend this drama. There is a bit of politics but, its mostly revenge and romance. Definitely add this to your watch list.

Score: 9

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Nail Shop Paris

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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Supernatural

Year:  May 3, 2013 to June 28, 2013

Synopsis: A romantic comedy revolving around flower boy nail artists and the happenings around them. It will center the story of Hong Yeo Joo, the writer of an internet novel who dresses up like a boy and gets hired to work at a famous nail shop Paris filled with flower boy nail artists.

Review: Not what I expected when I started this drama. But I finished it in one day. Lazy Sunday is lazy. I was actually surprised as I watched each episodes that they added more and more fantasy elements to the show. Not something I expected at all. 

I enjoyed the mixture of Yeo Joo’s Gumiho story throughout the drama. It added an over the top comedy effect to her story and even made me laugh. It also showed a bit of the inner turmoil that Yeo Joo was going through without actually having the character go through some of that awful inner (or outer) monologue they do in dramas.

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Surprisingly, despite some of the odd and fanciful happenings in the drama, I found my self wanting to open a shop just like the one in the drama. Dont ask me why. Maybe it was the atmosphere that the shop exuded in the drama. And no… it didnt have to do with the staff.

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I do have to say though that the episode where they save the woman from her ghost ex-boyfriend was a little out there for the story line and a little too early in the drama for me. But It didnt deter me from watching.

Finally a drama where when someone finds out the girl is cross-dressing they dont get pissed at her and flip out…. It was such a relief to see that Kay was relieved of his feelings and able to expressed them. And not your typical, “You lied to me, I never want to see you again.” Bullshit that we see every damn time. 

Overall character development was interesting, the whole mix of the gumiho storyline. It was a little weak but it was there and didnt get solved until the last episode. I kind of wish that there were more episodes, but I dont feel unsatisfied after watching it. 

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Yeo Joo’s relationships turned from stalker to infatuation to an understanding of deep friendship and where her love really lies. But the real question is… Was it all the tormenting and teasing that got to her?

Score: 8

In Time With You

Genre: Romance

Year:  September 18, 2011 to December 11, 2011

Synopsis: On her 30th birthday, Cheng You Qing received an email on “the symptoms of premature aging” from Li Da Ren, her best friend of 14 years. Unable to accept that Li Da Ren is like a fine wine that will get better with age and she is like a grape that will dry into a raisin as years go by, she made a bet with Li to see who will get married first before they turn 35. As she looked around for a potential husband, she discovered that she was surrounded by unacceptable candidates, like gay assistant or cheating ex-boyfriend. The only man who could love her despite her ill temper and stubbornness is her best friend. The only problem was that they both swore that they were not or will ever be romantically attracted to each other.

Review: I dont think I have ever written a review right after finishing a drama. This is a first. But let me tell you. This drama is excellent. I definitely have a soft spot somewhere for Taiwanese dramas. The drama in this isnt too over the top and theres so much character development and story that you dont end up bored. Which is a really good thing for me, I tend to get bored easily. 

Character wise, I really enjoyed Nic’s character. I feel bad cause I really wish that initially he wasnt acting that way to climb the corporate ladder. But i can understand the necessity for that character type within the story.

There really was a toss up between Maggie and Li Wei as the most hateful character but I think Maggie was more annoying than hateful. I have been through cheating type boyfriends so Li Wei wins this round. I can understand loving someone but I would never give them a second chance if they cheated. Even if they were that hot. I cannot be swayed. can. not. maybe.

Romance and love in Taiwanese dramas always thrills me because they make it so realistic. I was kind of hoping for something more. Like maybe seeing them with kids, etc. But I am pretty satisfied… which is rare. This drama made me giddy and was fun to watch. I definitely recommend watching it. 

Score: 8

Full House

Genre: Romance, comedy

Year:  July 14, 2004 to September 2, 2004

Synopsis: Han Ji Eun is a naive writer who got swindled out of everything she owned including her house by her best friends. Stranded in China, She managed to borrow money from an actor Lee Young Jae to return to Korea. On her return, she found out that her house was bought by Lee Young Jae. In an attempt to get her possessions back, she entered in a contract marriage with Young Jae for one year. In spite of losing all, Ji Eun manages to be cheerful and takes things in strike and the business relationship between the two becomes personal as they start to rely and care for each other. Based on a popular manhwa of the same title.

Review: Really now. So many things wrong and frustrating I found in this drama. Maybe its the fact it is from 2004, but I really dont want to stereotype it that way. I tried to find as much humor in this as I could.. Prime examples would be that every time Young Jae got pissed he would storm off to his room and throw the sheets off his bed. 90% throw rate. Guaranteed.

I do have to say though that you can play quite an interesting drinking game with the amount of times Young Jae says “Ji Eun” in this drama. Too many times. Really to the point it gets annoying. If some adorable boy called my name that many times, I would definitely quiet him. Exactly the way you’re thinking. 

Some of the scenes are really cut awkwardly and cause me great pain to watch. It made my brain severely hurt to watch them. After watching so many great dramas, this one kind of disappointed me. It dragged on and the whole “my friend is sick I have to stay by her side” bullshit gets old really fast. Also the womanizer suddenly “not a womanizer” doesnt really fly either.

In the real world… the “lets all be friends” concept doesnt really fly either. I think dramas without the slightest hint of reality unless its a sci-fi drama really get under my skin.

So. The ending was cute. >.> Thats about it. I dont really have anything else constructive to say. The characters really didnt have that much in depth development, and just kind of bit at each other, and yelled and whined their way through the drama. Which is rather unfortunate.

Score: 5

Ma Boy

Genre: Romance, comedy, youth

Year:  2012-Aug-16 to 2012-Aug-30

Synopsis: Jang Geu Rim is a student at an arts high school who dreams of becoming a pop singer. At school she gets a new roommate, Irene who’s actually a boy. Irene’s persona is a pretty Female CF star and his actual name is Hyun Woo.

Review: I was actually very surprised by this drama. When I started it, it appeared like a show that you would see on the Disney channel. I know. A judgement on my part and I pride myself on not making judgments. My bad. Even though this 3 episode drama has that kind of feel to it, it really is a very cute school-life drama. Always did like those gender bending dramas. They are cute and endearing and you can somehow relate to them in some offshoot way. 3 episodes was too short, but there wasnt enough story. I always want more out of my characters. Always.

Of course everyone looks that good when shaking water from their hair… right?

I do have to say that they write too many weak female leads. I really enjoy seeing strong female leads. I see too many weak or strongs leads that turn into weak. Is that how were represented? Girls can be strong yet need to be protected. Theres a difference there. Between strong and helpless. /endrant

A great simple short drama, encompassing a love that grows through friendship. Although its based on a lie, that lie can be the basis of bringing them together. 

Score: 7 

Kanojo to no Tadashii Asobikata

Genre: Romance

Year:  2007-Mar-23

Synopsis: The story is about the secret game between two childhood friends. In that game, Kurokawa is a princess and her friend Mizushima is her servant. They promised to keep on playing the game until someone finds about it.

Review: I just have to say that I love Mizushima Hiro. He is such a great actor. (cant wait for Black Butler!!) Anyway, this love story is adorable, sweet and of course… frustrating. As with all the love stories I tend to review. Frustrating. Most likely exuding from my own frustrating love life, to which there is none. Both main characters show signs of blindness in regards to their feelings for one another and either realize it too late or deny the feelings all together. Eventually they make the connection and run to each other much like starving zombies. Ive gotten quite off track. 

Hes dumbfounded. or in love. Either or. That being said. I felt as if this should have been longer. I felt slightly unsatisfied at the end. But I understood that they couldnt drag out the story. Maybe if they added more content? The story was cute and it had a good concept. A good watch if you want a good quick love story. 

Score: 7

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