Queen of the Ring (2017)

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Drama: Queen of Ring (반지의 여왕)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 3
Release Date: March 9 – March 23, 2017
Runtime: Thursdays 23:00

Plot
The story is about a plain girl (Mo Nanhee) who has a crush on a handsome guy but shallow guy (Park Segun). Nanhee’s mom gave her a ring that is supposed to have powers where if the guy she likes slips the ring on her finger, he will see her ideal girl. They start dating, however, Segun keeps seeing a beautiful girl instead of plain Nanhee, and the beautiful girl turns out to be her friend, Mijoo. When Segun finds out about the ring, will he choose Miju or Nanhee?

Cast
Kim Seul Gi – Mo Nan Hee
Ahn Hyo Seop – Park Se Gun
Yoon So Hee – Kang Miju
Lee Tae Sun – Byun Taehyun

Review
I love Seulgi that’s why i watched this drama. At first I could not understand why Nanhee likes Segun. Apart from his good looks, he just seemed so shallow and always talking about looking for pretty girls. When they started dating i couldn’t really feel happy for Nanhee, and is probably the way she feels – because she knows he does not like the real her, but the pretty version of her. I partly also cannot understand Nanhee. I know she thinks she is not pretty enough but how can you be confident of yourself if she always look that way. She is actually looks alright, even cute, but her hair is awful (why does she keep wearing her hair up and her bangs are too creepily curled) and her clothes are so boring. let’s face it – not everything is about personality, you need to have both looks and personality to succeed in today’s society. I actually like Taehyun – he is not as cute as Segun but he sees the real Nanhee and likes her the way she is, without the ring and pretty looks and clothes.
On the other side, Segun started off as really shallow but as the episode progresses, i realized that he isn’t really that shallow, he is just looking for that connection, which he thought was the looks but as he dated Nanhee, he realized that what he was looking for was a girl he can be with – who he can talk to and supports him, and the other way around. I loved that when he started dating Mijoo, he realized that and started looking for the real Nanhee. and he is the one who was able to bring Nanhee out of her shell and told her she is beautiful and she should be confident. that’s what love can do to both people, they bring out the best in each other. i love what Nanhee said to Segun about model vs girlfriend. Model is someone you bring in front of everyone, but girlfriend is the one you can cry to backstage (or something like that).
I also love how we also saw Miju have a panic disorder. So it turns out even pretty people have their own problems and insecurities. and We need friends who will be there for you and support you – gives you the strength to go on with your life.

I loved the overall message that this drama tried to show, and it’s a great reminder for everyone to not just look at external beauty but also look at inner beauty, or you might miss out on a good thing.

splash splash love (2015)

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TV Movie: Splash Splash Love (퐁당퐁당 LOVE)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 2
Release Date: December 13 – December 20, 2015
Runtime: Sundays 24:05
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Dan-Bi (Kim Seul-Gi) is a senior high school student. She has a special ability which allows her to transport to anywhere on rainy days. For her university entrance exam, Dan-Bi can’t deal with the pressure and runs off to a playground. Without knowing why, she goes into a puddle and finds herself transported to the Joseon period. There, she meets Lee Do (Yoon Doo-Joon). He is a young King of the Joseon period. Lee Do is in a difficult situation due to droughts and the spread of an epidemic.

Cast
Kim Seul-gi – Jang Dan bi / Jang Yeong sil
Yoon Doo-joon – Lee Do

 

Review

Wahh…i loved this tv movie! i wished this was an actual kdrama with 16 episodes so that i can savor the relationship between Lee do and Dan bi. What i loved most was not only the relationship between the two but also the friendship they shared. i thought they were the perfect match – to think a future king would listen to a high school student in the modern times. The movie focused on the past times and how Dan bi helped saved ancient joseon from drought using her high school math skills. if you think about it, we really have come a long way, technology is so advanced that a high school kid failing math can actually become a renowned and respected genius in Joseon. as for all time traveling shows, as much as we want them to have their happy ever after, it’s impossible so the next best thing is to see Lee Do lookalike in the modern world. I see what they did there, the guy at the bus scene was actually the lookalike but Danbi never noticed him. What could have been better? if the modern Lee Do actually had a crush on her before or will it be creepy if he was an actual descendant to Lee Do?

Kim Seulgi, as usual, is so charming and effective in her role as Danbi. And Doo joon has improved and looked so handsome.

I am too late to wish for a second season but i guess i can just rewatch this movie.

oh my ghost eps. 1-10

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i went to KL for a few weeks in October and November and couldn’t watch any new kdramas so i ended up watching this show in Netflix.

Drama: Oh My Ghost (오 나의 귀신님)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 3 – August 22, 2015
Runtime: Fri & Sat 20:30
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Na Bong-Sun (Park Bo-Young) works as an assistant chef. Because of her timid personality and low self-esteem, she doesn’t have any friends. Since she was a child, she has been able to ghosts because of her shaman grandmother. One day, she becomes possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.

Kang Sun-Woo (Cho Jung-Seok) is a star chef. Na Bong-Sun has a secret crush on him. He is good looking and confident as a chef. Even though he is popular with women, he has yet to get over his ex-girlfriend. He begins to notice Na Bong-Sun after her sudden change.

Halftime review:

I heard lots of good things about this show so i finally took the chance to watch a few episodes. I admit i’m not that invested, and it’s mostly because i dont feel the chemistry between Bongsun and Sunwoo. One, Bongsun seems too young and inexperienced for the celebrity chef. Two, the only reason Sun Woo started to notice her was when the ghost possessed Bong sun, so technically, i dont believe that Sun woo is in love with Bongsun, but rather he’s in love with Soon-ae as Bong sun. I dont like Bong sun, i always keep wishing Soon ae possesses her again so Bong sun will be livelier and more charming. I also dont believe that a celebrity chef will like an anonymous blogger’s simple dishes – i think it’s just a way to show that Sun woo really is in love with Bong sun even before the possessed Bong sun.

I am continuing to watch the show because of Soon ae, i want to find out how she died and how she can move on to heaven. i know the creepy brother in law is responsible for her death, i just dont know how. Is he also possessed – is he aware he is possessed by an evil spirit or is he one and the same? Kim Seul gi is also a refreshing actress to watch. She is so hilarious and at the same time can move you to tears.

It’s my first time to watch Jo Jung suk and i would say it wont be the last time. he’s actually cute and pretty good actor, though sometimes he has an expression on his face which i dont know if he’s acting or he’s laughing.

Ugh, the sous chef was annoying in Bring it on ghost and he’s also annoying in this show. he is so arrogant but trying to be cute. I wish Cordon will have a bigger role – i’m not sure if he’s supposed to be the second lead and if he has a one sided crush on Bongsun – but i think his simple and quiet personality matches that of Bongsun, more than Sunwoo. Now if only we can bring Soon ae back from the dead, then i am all for Sun woo and Soon ae pairing!

I’m not sure if i still want to finish the show, or if i will be fastforwarding the scenes just to see how it all ends.

Oh, funny how Park Bo Young ended up portraying 2 characters called Bong sun.