Crash Landing on You (2020)

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Drama: Crash Landing on You (사랑의 불시착)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: December 14, 2019 – February 16, 2020
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00
Plot:
Heiress Yoon Seri has a paragliding accident that took her to North Korea. She meets Captain Ri Jeong Hyuk, a North Korean soldier who tries to hide her and help her go back to South Korea.
Main Cast:
Hyun Bin – Ri Jeong Hyuk
Son Ye Jin – Yoon Seri
Seo Ji Hye – Seo Dan
Kim Jung Hyun – Gu Seung Jun
Review:
This is currently the talk of the town! Even non-kdrama fans are watching CLOY and are falling in love with Hyun Bin! I think this is one of the best dramas that has come out in recent years. I read somewhere that the writer took 12 years to write this, maybe that’s why the story was so developed and perfect.
Top things I loved about CLOY:
1. Captain Ri and Yoon Seri. Hyun Bin and Son Yejin. Their chemistry was crackling on screen from the very first time Seri descended from the tree and landed in Captain Ri’s arms. Whew! The romance was so beautiful and solid. It was really destiny that they meet each other again after all those years. And I would love to believe that they lived happily ever after, even if it’s just 2 weeks every year.
2. Captain Ri’s team of 5. Every kdrama fangirl knows so well how Ju Meok feels because we have all felt that way every single time. Pyo Chisu may look like a downer but he is loyal and sweet. I loved his dog-cat bickering with Seri. Maknae was the cutest, even if he is young, he was very brave. The scene where he beat Captain Ri in an online guy was funny. The handsome silent soldier who looks like a mini Kim Soo Hyun was Captain Ri’s trusted guy and helped Seri during the first few times. I can understand why all the big companies tried to “scout” him when he came to Seoul. and Manbok. He may have done wrong with Jeong Hyuk’s older brother but he has totally redeemed himself this time. His wiretapping skills were so useful and I love the last scene where he because a sound editor for movies. He finally looked peaceful and happy. I loved all the scenes where they hilariously navigated Seoul, and scenes with Seri, whether they are having fun or they were saying their goodbyes, and those scenes with Captain Ri. They were loyal and brave and never left Captain Ri all alone. What true friendship and family is like.
3. Seo Dan and Gu Seung Jun. I honestly didn’t care much for their story. I thought they were just filling in the gaps until Seri and Captain Ri gets together. But somewhere along the way I started rooting for them too. An unlikely couple that didn’t make sense but their impact in each other’s lives will be forever ingrained in their hearts. I felt bad that Seung Jun had to *spoiler* die, but I thought it was the best way to end his story. That somehow he became useful, that someone loved him and wanted him. I loved the ramen scene and the proposal scene. I cried when the orphans starting singing the sad song, and I cried with Dan when Seung Jun passed away. Seo Dan seemed to cold and unfeeling and b*tchy but as she thawed and open her heart, I realized she was just waiting for someone to love her. I applaud her decision to stay single. With his fiancé cheating on her and another guy dying on her, it was time for her to live her life in her own terms. She was hot and beautiful and smart. I am sure there will be another guy who will rock her world in the future.
4. Special shoutout the parents of Seri, Jeong Hyuk and Seo Dan. I loved Captain Ri’s father. He may look serious and doesn’t say much but he loves Captain Ri and was there when he needed. That’s why he is the military general. EVen when he hasn’t talked to his son, he knows how to come up with smart strategies and was brutal to the other director when needed. Seo Dan’s mom I thought was an airhead, but she turned out to be super sweet. When helped Dan get the marriage going on with Captain Ri, but she saw Dan was hurting, she cried with her, and comforted her. When she heard about Alberto, she also encouraged her. and when Dan decided to stay single, she didn’t force her or pressure her to get a man.
5. The whole on North Korea life – not sure how much is real and how much is fiction, so I wouldn’t say much but I loved the ahjummas in the village. I’m sure everyone was as curious as I was to find out how Seri goes back to SK, how the boys will go to NK, and how they will go back. The stories were as realistic as it could be given the hypothetical scenario and I was satisfied with how everyone’s stories ended. Even the evil Cho Cheol Gang and the mean brother and sis in law got their dues!
6. The OST album is so so so good! I especially love Crush’s “Let Us Go”.
This drama is one for the books. A few years later, this will be one of those “iconic” KDramas that everyone knows and has watched.
Rating: 9/10
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The Fiery Priest (2019)

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Drama: The Fiery Priest (열혈사제)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 40
Release Date: February 15 – April 20, 2019
Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:00
Plot
A priest seeks answers when his old friend gets murdered by corrupt officials. His investigation leads him to team up with an apathetic police squad and an ambitious prosecutor.
Main Cast
Kim Nam Gil – Kim Hae Il
Kim Sung Kyun – Gu Dae Young
Honey Lee – Park Kyeong Sun
Go Joon – Hwang Cheol Bum
Geum Sae Rok – Seo Seung Ah
Review
This is one of the best KDramas I have ever watched and it didn’t have any romance in the story! this is my first time watching Kim Nam Gil and I am impressed!
The entire cast was amazing!  Each of the characters were distinct and full of life. Watching the drama, it felt like all the actors had so much fun giving it their all and it really showed on screen. I can’t even decide who is my favorite character.
  • I’m leaning towards Kim Hae Il, but Phoenix Seon was so gorgeous and crazy, I loved her!
  • Detective Seo was also so great as the rookie detective.
  •  The comedic timing of Detective Dae Yong was also on point.
  • And who can forget Songsak and the chubby guy? they made quite a pair as the town misfits.
  • Cutie father and the nun too!!! I cried when Cutie father got hurt and I thought he would die! and the nun as an ex-gambler was so out of character and she was badass!
  • Even the “bad guys” like Hwang Cheol Bum, I can’t even hate — well partly because I find the actor so hot and also because his character may be shady but you can’t help but root for him to change. He may beat his men but he didn’t seem like the person who can murder someone or had evil intentions. and I think it’s because he still somehow has his faith and he liked the old priest. I also felt bad when also gets scolded by the four evil people and I also wished he can outsmart them and get their money.
  • The hilarious Jang Ryung with his funny bob hair and awful gaudy suits. I laughed out loud when he and his men had a bad case of diarrhea. a bit childish of me to love toilet humor but that was perfectly done!
  • Kim Won Hae, who is my fave supporting character, as Goyajev had a small part but he was still funny! and that fake cult leader was annoying but served his purpose. Woota!
  • The evil 4- the prosecutor Kang i hated the most because he was just so bad, the lady mayor easily fold when she got blackmailed, the congressman was a loser and the chief of police was too stupid, i dont know how he became the chief in the first place
  • The scarface guy and his merceneries were so bad. i hated hated them. he is the only person that I couldn’t understand his motive. why does he hate Father Kim so much? It doesn’t make sense but argh! i wanted to pull the trigger too.
The entire story was different from what I normally watch! The first couple of episodes I wasn’t sure where the story was going. I know Father Kim is going to try to find out who killed his old friend/mentor but I felt how the story later unfold was original. There were a lot of twists and turns, a lot of action and surprises that I didn’t know what to expect. The last minutes of each episode turns out to be so pivotal that I end up hitting the “next episode” button every single time. (and it made me late for work too lol).
I loved that everyone started as “sinners” – the entire police squad was so used to the corruption and felt that they can’t change it so they just became apathetic. they turn a blind eye on the wrong things and justify it with their actions. Kyeong Sun was an ambitious prosecutor who was willing to bend a few rules but still within the legal limits. She just follows what her superiors wants and does just enough on high profile cases. Songsak and chubby guy are just average people trying to go on their lives and not doing anything significant. Cutie father and the nun are too sheltered in the church and didn’t know what to do.
Then came Father Kim and their worlds were forever changed. Father Tsunami was the perfect nickname to describe how he just stormed into everyone’s lives one day and was able to slowly change their hearts. Father Kim was not a perfect guy. He is battered, bruised and doubtful in his self but he used prayer whenever he feels lost and whenever he needs encouragement. He also prayed for everyone to change hearts. Even when the scar guy got killed, he even had time to pray for him and hoping he doesn’t go to hell. What a great guy! This drama made me reflect on my life too and made me realize I should pray more and gain courage when i’m feeling down.
Overall this is indeed a very fiery kdrama! I recommended this to my friends and they also enjoyed it!
Rating: 9/10
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