The Effect of a Finger Flick on a Breakup (2021)

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TV Movie: The Effect of a Finger Flick on a Breakup (딱밤 한 대가 이별에 미치는 영향)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 1
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Runtime: Friday 23:20

Plot: This is a KBS Drama Special about a couple who breaks up after a finger flick game.

Main Cast:
Kang Tae Oh – Cha Min Jae
Shin Ye Eun – Oh Jin
Hong Kyung – Gu Woo Bin
Ha Yoon Kyung – Jung Yoon Jung

Review:
I liked the story, I just felt that the story focused too much on the girl’s side and not the guy. The entire time we see the girl is lonely and feels that she was taken for granted in the 3 years they were together. It took a finger flick to realize all these and broke up with the guy.

Of course the guy is confused. They were very fine the night before and suddenly she went cold on him and wouldn’t explain why. She just kept saying they don’t love each other. I felt that the girl was insisting how the guy should feel and we never knew what the guy really felt about her.

Her outburst in the garden finally told the guy what he hasn’t been doing. Girl also said it’s also her fault but I never heard her say what she didn’t do for him. I thought it should be both ways. And she should have said something earlier on, maybe they have saved the relationship.

I loved the rainy scene outside her house, when the guy gave the umbrella back to her. He still wanted to try again but it was too late. The girl didn’t want to anymore.

Mixed feelings with the ending. I still wanted them to get back together coz it looked like the guy has chanhed. But i also liked the PE teacher who looks like he will treasure her more.

Rating: 8.5/10

Melancholia (2021)

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Drama: Melancholia (멜랑꼴리아)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: November 10 – December 30, 2021
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:30

Plot: A misunderstanding of the close relationship between a student and teacher led to a scandal that ruined the career of the teacher and the student dropping out of school. Four years later, both of them goes back to school to seek revenge and expose the corruption in school.

Main Cast:
Lim Soo Jung – Ji Yoon Su
Lee Do Hyun – Baek Seung Yoo
Jin Kyung – Noh Jung Ah
Jang Hyun Sung – Sung Min Jun
Shin Soo Yeon – Choi Si An
Choi Dae Hoon – Ryu Sung Jae
Woo Da Bi – Sung Yerin
Kim Ji Young – Kim Ji Na

Review:
I never liked math in school but this drama made math sound so beautiful and interesting. However, since I don’t understand all the theories and concepts (the formulas they were studying were too complicated!!!), the point of the mathematical metaphors about proving and errors went lost on me. Still, I loved the first 6 episodes when they were still in high school and we saw relationship, which at time, was purely student-teacher, blossomed. You can really feel how much they loved math. Seung Yoo had a traumatic childhood with scary father, and for the first time, there was an adult, his teacher who listened and encouraged him and made him want to love math again. On the other hand, Yoon Su is loved by her students. She is compassionate and makes learning fun and challenging. Of course, being young, it wasn’t a surprise that Seung Yoo fell for his impressive teacher. I thought going on a trip with a male student is wrong and Yoon Su put herself in scandalous situation, without thinking of the consequences or his fiance. When Yoon Su discovered a potential cheating during the midterm exams, the jealous female student together with her assemblyman father and the corrupt principal decided to expose Seung Yoo and Yoon Su’s relationship to bury the their own scandal.

Starting episode 7, the story moves to the present time (which is four years later). We learn that the school continues to be corrupt, with students still as spoiled and terrible as ever. Seung Yoo dropped out of school, studied hard and won a Lucifer prize, becoming a very famous mathematician, while Yoon Su hides behind a math clinic with very strict confidentiality clauses for its students. Turns out, both of them have been planning to seek their own revenge against the principal and expose the decades long corruption. Episodes 10 to 13 dragged with so many useless scenes, i wish they cut them and made the drama shorter.

Similar to 4 years ago, there is another brilliant student, Si-An, whom I loved. She may be an orphan but she grew up well, is smart, happy and is tough to stand against Jina and the bullies. I also liked Jina later on (she was a b*tch for most of the episodes) but she was actually nicer when she met Seung Yoo and Yoon Su. It was very had to like Yerin. Since high school until present, she always had this sour face and was too stubborn and to admit her mistake. Her scenes were also boring, she just kept “stalking” and making sad eyes to Seung Yoo and blaming other people for her life. Again, it was Seung Yoo and Yoon Su, who made her realize that she was being manipulated by the adults and it was time to stand up on her own.

This is the second time I saw Jin Kyung play the baddie and I love it. She is so elegant but that maniacal laugh is scary (but not Cheon Seo Jin level). I also found the feud between the sisters very interesting. They were both bad people – Jung Ah is supposedly worse that Yeon Woo, and yet I was rooting for Jung Ah to win over Yeon Woo.

I also loved Sung Jae. He made a mistake not being brave enough to defend Yoon Su during the scandal, but I’m glad he finally found the courage to be like Yoon Su and expose the corruption. I actually wished Sung Jae and Yoon Su got back in the end. I thought he was a nice guy.

The drama ends with another time jump (not sure how long) but Seung Yoo and Yoon Su meet again the same way they did years ago (through a math group chat). But this time, Yoon Su finally accepted Seung Yoo’s love and they kiss. I felt that the romance wasn’t needed in the story. They could have ended as best friends or teacher-mentor and it still would have been a great ending. But the romance wasn’t the main story.

Rating: 8/10

2022 is for New Beginnings

And just like that, 2020 is gone, my 32 day vacation leaves are complete and it’s 2022 and back to work.

There are so many things I’m looking forward to for this new year. I moved to a new job (starting tomorrow). I’m excited to meet new people, work on a new industry and take on a much bigger role that I used to have. Exciting and scary, but I’m ready for the challenge!

Taking on a new role also means I finally have more time for myself. No more work til the wee hours in the morning (yehey!) which means, more time to watch (double yehey!). There are so many dramas I’m looking forward to watch next year — mostly drama comebacks of my fave stars — So Ji Sub (OMG!!!), Jang Hyuk (in another historical drama), Kim Nam Gil (yes, he will have 2 dramas), Lee Jong Suk (about time!), Lee Joon Gi (another revenge drama but I’ll take it), Ha Jung Woo (eek!!! he’s back with Hwang Jung Min) and Jo In Sung (with bestie Cha Tae Hyun and Han Hyo Joo).

I still want to watch more Chinese and Japanese dramas — there are so many I don’t know where to squeeze them in but I will find the time.

Lastly, I wish the pandemic will be over by mid- or end-2022 because I miss travelling to Korea, watching Kpop concerts and Kdrama stars fan meeting. Until then, please everyone, stay healthy and strong, and keep on Kdrama dreaming! 🙂

Move to Heaven (2021)

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Drama: Move To Heaven (무브 투 헤븐: 나는 유품정리사입니다)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 10
Release Date: May 14, 2021

Plot: A story about a family who runs a trauma cleaning service called Move to Heaven, where they clear up the belongings of deceased people on behalf of their family.

Main Cast:
Lee Je Hoon – Cho Sang Gu
Tang Jun Sang – Han Geu Ru
Hong Seung Hee – Yoon Namu
Ji Jin Hee – Han Jeong Woo

Review:
My last but not the least completed drama for 2020. I binge watched this for 2 days. Terrific acting from Junsang and Jehoon. Loved their relationship from strangers to family. I also loved the dad and Geuru’s relationship, especially the last episode where we find out how they first met and I was crying.

Jehoon also did a great job portraying the bad but actually nice Sanggu. I was just distracted by his ugly hair and perfect nose. Lol. But I though the reason why Jeongwoo did not come back for Sanggu when he was younger was too cliche to move me (or maybe because there has been so many dramas about the department store collapse).

I read a lot of reviews on how much they loved this drama so I was slightly disappointed that the stories weren’t as moving as I expected. Maybe it’s because there’s very little story about the life of the deceased to mourn for them. Still every death is sad. Another Kdrama, Chocolate (2019), also dealt with death, and that one had me crying every single episode, unlike this one.

My favorite episodes are with the doctor and the cellist; and Matthew Green. Also the tragic friendship between Sanggu and Sucheol. I also like the potential romance between the social worker played by Choi Soo Young and Sang Gu.

I also liked Namu. She is a sweet and loyal friend to Geuru. She had more chemistry with Sanggu than Geuru though. I loved that she will do anything to protect her friend and keep him from harm.

I wouldn’t mind if there is a season 2.

Rating: 8.5/10