Money Heist Korea Part 1 (2022)

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Drama: Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area (종이의 집: 공동경제구역)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 6
Release Date: June 24, 2022
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot: A professer recruits unsavory men and women to take over Mint, which holds the North and South Korean money. The team tries to outwit the N and S police before they get caught!

Main Cast
Yoo Ji Tae – Professor
Kim Yun Jin – Sun Woo Jin
Park Hae Soo – Berlin
Jun Jeong So – Tokyo
Lee Won Jong – Moscow
Kim Ji Hoon – Denver
Jang Yoon Ju – Nairobi
Lee Hyun Woo – Rio
Kim Ji Hoon – Helsinki
Lee Kyu Ho – Oslo
Park Myung Hoon – Jo Young Min
Lee Joo Bin – Yun Misun
Kim Sung Oh – Cha Moo Kyuk

Review:
I didn’t watch the original so I won’t be comparing the Korean version against it.

The production is very high class like most Netflix productions, the tension is high, and the main cast were the ‘bad guys’ in this drama, yet I wanted them to get out alive and spend their money.

I like how they are able to outsmart the cops each time, although they are ‘cheating’. I like how the professor thinks of their plans and how he always finds the right solution to their problems. In the short background, the professor was even approached to be part of the Nokor Sokor team before. So what happened since then? Does he have a grudge and is getting his revenge? Or is this part of a bigger plan with the potential presidential candidate to win the elections?

I like Berlin, although he is slightly unhinged. Tokyo seems to be one of the main characters, but she is so-so to me. I find Rio so immature and Denver is dumb. I also like Moscow but his character is the type that gets killed in the middle. I wish Nairobi is more charismatic. It’s just too bad that no one stands out to me. Maybe because we don’t see a lot of their background history to actually care for them.

I love Misun, she is so pretty, I don’t understand why she would like Yeong Min the d-bag, he is not enough handsome and he’s crazy. Will Misun join the team eventually?

I feel bad for Woojin, being played by the Professor. She seems so good at her job, but she wont be able to win if the Professor knows all their plans. What happens when she finds out the truth?

Hope they release part 2 soon!

Hope they release part 2 soon!

Rating: 8/10

Kiss Sixth Sense (2022)

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Drama: Kiss Sixth Sense (키스 식스 센스)
Network: Disney+
Episodes: 12
Release Date: May 25, 2022 —
Country: South Korea

Plot: A woman can see the future whenever her lips touch another person’s skin. One day she accidentally kisses with her boss, and saw their future together as a couple.

Main Cast
Yoon Kye Sang – Cha Minhu
Seo Ji Hye – Hong Ye Sool
Kim Ji Suk – Lee Pilyo
Lee Joo Yeon – Oh Ji Young
Tae In Ho – Oh Seung Taek
Kim Ga Eun – Ban Ho Woo

Review”
“Was it bound to happen or did I make it happen?”

I loved Minhu, he was a jerk in episode 1 but he just kept on getting awesome in every episode! Kyesang isn’t your traditional pretty boy ML but he is very manly esp. with the kissing and bed scenes with Yesool. But he can also be cute and silly during their dates.

I have mixed feelings with Yesool. I love her when she’s in love (she’s so cute and flirty) but I hate that she kept running away whenever Minhu and Pilyo tried to confront her with her feelings.

Jisuk can make viewers want the SML be the ML. He’s so good at portraying the boyfriend or ex bf that you don’t want to waste. I was fine whether Yesool ended up with him or Minhu. It’s just too bad that the relationship ended the way it was and when Yesool finally learned the truth, I thought, aww, so many regrets!!! But I guess they really weren’t meant to be.

I didn’t like whiny and clingy Jiyoung but I love her whenever she is with Pilyo. I thought they matched better because Pilyo can put her with her silliness and whining. And Jiyoung is so forward with her feelings with Pilyo, I thought Pilyo also deserve to find a girl who loves him so much.

The second couple Seungtaek and Howoo were so cute but didn’t like that Howoo was too cold to Seungtaek when she started her residency. Inho the actor usually plays the bad guy in the drama so it was nice to see him being funny and cute this time.

The last 20 mins of the final episode! WTH was that!!! They could have added more scenes between Seungtak and Howoo if they ran out of stories to fill the rest of the episode!

Yesool’s mother who kept the whole dad’s murder/stalker from Yesool was horrible thing to do. She could have prevented a lot of hurt had she been more honest with her daughter and the people around her.

Rating: 8.5/10


From Now On, Showtime (2022)

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Drama: From Now On Showtime! (지금부터 쇼타임!)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: April 23 – June 12, 2022
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 20:40
Country: South Korea

Plot: A magician and policewoman reluctantly work together to solve crimes.

Main Cast
Park Hae Jin – Cha Cha Woong
Jin Ki Joo – Go Seul Hae
Jung Junho – Choi Geom
Lee Dong Ha – Hae Chun Moo
Jung Suk Yong – Nam Sang Goon
Ko Kyu Pil – Ma Dong Chul
Park Seo Yeon – Kang Areum

Review:
This drama had everything I love in a Kdrama – romcom, comedy, ghosts, murder, creepy killer, new found family, magic, and they managed to squeeze in a little sageuk in the story too. Whew! Too many things happening but I loved the seamless transition of each scene. The sageuk went for 2.5 episodes if i remember correctly, it was like watching a drama within a drama. 2.5 episodes were too long though, they could have kept the past life story at 2 episodes max and more time for the last episode.

Great ensemble cast, from the grumpy ML, charming FL, funny ghost gang and fanboy spirit. I loved their interactions and team work. Esp when they were showing how they did their magic tricks. The drama also showed the background story of the 3 ghosts and I was crying when they finally had to leave and enter Nirvana. I was also surprised at Choi Geom’s story – didn’t expect it all and Cha Woong was just right to get angry at his betrayal and secrecy!

I also loved the romance between Cha Woong and Seulhae, I guess sharing the past, they just knew they were meant to be together. I actually sometimes like their past selves more than their current selves because their love was just so tragic. and Princess Chunhwa was so pretty, no wonder Hae Chunmoo felt in love and couldn’t let go even after 2,000 years!

The episodic cases were light while the initial villain (Ahn Chang Hwan) was so creepy and scary. I mostly ignored Hee Soo, i think he wasn’t a good SML as he could have been. He was just there but didn’t really do much.

Yeji was mostly irritating for being too money hungry but she made up for it by helping Cha Woong in the end. Wished her character was given more chance to shine as a great shaman in the making rather than showing her being petty. I thought the boyfriend deserved a nicer girl than Yeji but Yeji also turned out to be super nice when she dropped her money hungry act.

The final episode wasn’t as much fun as I was hoping it to be since it felt rushed. The evil spirit was so annoying at this point with his obsession for Chunhwa when she was never his. And him jumping from one body to another was too much. But I got it — it made sense he jumped to Heesoo (SML turned bad), to Heesoo’s dad (he finally got the what he deserved for lying all these years), then to Seulhae (to test Cha Woong).

Rating: 8.75/10 (9 minus 0.25 for the bad guy)



My Liberation Notes (2022)

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Drama: My Liberation Notes (나의 해방일지)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: April 9 – May 29, 2022
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 22:30

Plot: This drama is about three siblings who are unhappy with their current lives. A mysterious loner starts working in their father’s company and their lives start to change.

Main Cast:
Lee El – Yeom Ki Jeong
Lee Minki – Yeom Chang Hee
Kim Ji Won – Yeom Mi Jeong
Son Suk Ku – Gu Ja Gyeong
Lee Ki Woo – Cho Tae Hoon
Jeon Hye Jin – Ji Hyun Ah

Review:
I saw rave reviews of this drama when it started but episode 1 was so depressing I almost didn’t continue. I’m glad I did because the story maybe sad, but it was addicting to watch and oh so relatable. How many of us have felt like we’re trapped in our current reality and don’t know what to do to get out or be happy? I definitely felt like Mijeong a few years ago so I could totally understand how she feels.

Changhee is definitely my favorite character. His insights about life are so spot on! He is also a good son, brother, friend, colleague. I also would feel better if he was beside me on my death bed. I don’t really think being a funeral director involves holding a person’s hand as the person dies but I know how it feels when the funeral manager helped my family so much when my mom passed away. He made all the funeral arrangements faster and easier.

Mijeong and Mr. Gu are also another reason for me loving this show. I love their simple interactions, sometimes they don’t speak but their eyes and actions say it all. In real life their relationship wouldn’t have worked and real life alcoholic Gu would have beaten Mijeong. But the actors had chemistry and made the viewers wish they get their happy endings (after Gu sobers up and get help). Super happy Mijeong is finally smiling in the end.

I liked Gijeong at the start but she got too immature and desperate for love. Gijeong and her bf didn’t look liberated compared to her siblings. Feels like they’re forcing themselves to be together and the bf isn’t standing up for her against his family.

I felt sad about their parents. Mom held the glue for everyone. The dad was the traditional dad who didn’t speak much. I love what the Dad said that all this time he thought he was taking care of the family, but he realized that his family has been taking care of him all along. Best boy Changhee stepped up and took care of his family. Well, he found a wife for his dad so the three siblings can go to Seoul and live their own lives. LOL.

I also looked forward to the Liberation Club meetings especially when it’s the older guy’s turn to speak. He also shared a lot of wisdom. I think I would have also joined their club if I were an employee there.

Rating: 9/10