Juvenile Justice (2022)

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Drama: Juvenile Justice (소년심판)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 10
Release Date: February 25, 2022

Plot: This drama is about bringing juvenile offenders to justice.

Main Cast:
Kim Hye Soo – Shim Eun Seok
Kim Moo Yool – Cha Tae Joo
Lee Sung Min – Kang Won Jung
Lee Jung Eun – Na Geun Hee

Review: This is a heavy drama about juvenile offenders. Bullying, murder, gang rape. Should they be punished or help them reform? Can they really change? This drama will make you think and this is not just applicable to SK. It’s an issue around the world. I realized it’s very important for kids to grow up in a loving and stable family/environment since their childhood trauma remains even when they grow up as adults.

I liked each of the cases although not always how these were resolved. It also made me think how far should we do our jobs. As judges they weren’t supposed to investigate but they crossed the line. Coz if they don’t do it who will? Or maybe they need everyone or the system (prosecutors, police, workers) to effectively work together to reform the children.

On the downside, I just couldn’t connect with or care for the two main leads despite their sad background stories. Cha Tae Joo is clingy and needy, although I like that he really cares for the kids. Eun Seok is too harsh and does not even smile. I would be scared if I had a mother or even a teacher/boss like her. She is soft hearted too and fair.

Rating: 8/10

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

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

2021 Year End Recap

Another year is about to end and I’m not ready. Mostly because I have so many ongoing dramas that I wanted to complete before end of the year.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed with the dramas that came out this year. There were so many big names and couples that I was looking forward to watch but most of the dramas were just average. There were a very few that stood out to me. Just a recap of all the dramas I’ve watched:

2021 KDramas I rated 9 to 9.5:
Penthouse S1 and S2 (SBS) – 9 and 9.5, respectively
Navillera (tvN) – 9
True Beauty (tvN) – 9
Racket Boys (SBS) – 9
Police University (KBS) – 9
One Ordinary Day (Coupang) – 9

2021 KDramas I rated between 8 to 8.75:
Jirisan (tvN) – 8.75
Monthly Magazine Home (jtbc) – 8.75
So I Married the Anti-Fan (Navercast) – 8.75
Happiness (tvN) – 8.5
Hometown Cha Cha Cha (tvN) – 8.5
Mouse (tvN) – 8.5
Vincenzo (tvN) – 8.5
Awaken (tvN) – 8.5
The Veil (MBC) – 8.5
Youth of May (KBS) – 8.5
Work Later, Drink Now S1 (TVing) – 8.5
Sell Your Haunted House (KBS) – 8.5
Move to Heaven (Netflix) – 8.5
You are My Spring (tvN) – 8.25
Hospital Playlist S2 (tvN) – 8
Penthouse S3 (SBS) – 8
Delayed Justice (SBS) – 8
Squid Game (Netflix) – 8
Nevertheless (jtbc) – 8
Scripting Your Destiny (TVing) – 8
Hellbound (Netflix) – 8

2021 KDramas I rated less than 8:
Homemade Love Story (KBS) – 7.5
Lovestruck in the City (Netflix) – 7
Lovers of the Red Sky (SBS) – 7
Sisyphus the Myth (jtbc) – 7
LUCA The Beginning (tvN) – 6
Love Alarm S2 (Netflix) – 6

2020 KDramas:
Once Again (KBS) – 8.5
Hot Stove League (SBS) – 9
Kairos (MBC) – 9

Older KDramas:
The Lady in Dignity (jtbc) – 8.5
The Tuna and the Dolphin (KBS) – 8
I Picked Up A Celebrity on the Street (Viki) – 8
Misty (jtbc) – 8.5
Romantic Teacher Kim S1 (SBS) – 8

CDramas:
Moonlight – 9
The Rational Life – 9

JDramas:
Pretty Proofreader – 9
This Guy Is the Biggest Mistake in My Life – 7

For my top rated dramas, most of them were big on bromance and family. On believing in yourself and reaching for your dreams. Penthouse was my favorite makjang drama this year and One Ordinary Day is my favorite thriller.

2020 also introduced me to new faces such as Ji Jin Hee and Cho Seung Woo (I never watched their dramas even though they are veterans), Lee Sang Yi, the whole squad of Racket Boys; guys that came back from military such as Park Hyung Sik, Jung Yong Hwa and Jung Jinyoung; those that I didn’t notice before that are now a fan such as Choi Tae Joon, and Kim Seon Ho; and old faves such as Cha Seung Won, Ju Ji Hoon, Jun Ji Hyun, Namgoong Min (he had 2 dramas this year!)

There were some dramas that didn’t meet my expectations such as Lovestruck in the City, Love Alarm 2, Hospital Playlist 2 and Sisyphus the Myth.

I dropped a lot of dramas this year – some after episode 1 because I didn’t like the vibe or the story such as Mr. Queen, Royal Inspector Joy, Mine, She Wouldn’t Know. I tried to watch but couldn’t get past episode 4 of Run On and My Roommate is a Gumiho (no matter how much people loved these drama, I couldn’t get into them at all) and Oh My Master – I really wanted to like this drama but I finally stopped at episode 8 and decided to cut my losses. I’m stuck at episode 8 of Devil Judge, I haven’t dropped this yet as I want to know how this one ends (but will probably fast forward a lot of the scenes to reach the end).

There were also some great dramas that I missed such as Beyond Evil and Taxi Driver. Not to worry – I’m going to watch them next year since I have a lot more time in 2022.

I have several ongoing dramas right now, such as Melancholia, Red Sleeve, One and Only (CDrama), and the seriously addicting but I hate the villains in the weekend drama Young Lady and Gentleman. I’m going to continue watching them and hopefully before winter dramas start in mid-Jan.

Goodbye 2021!