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


It’s Beautiful Now Eps 11-20

Yoon Jae and Hae Jun’s relationship continues to progress well. Haejun was the one who liked Yoon Jae first but now Yoon Jae knows the truth and the more he gets to know Haejun, the more he falls in love with her.

Likewise, Hyun Jae and Mirae are doing well. I just hate the brother meddling on her sister’s relationship. Plus the almost bipolar mom of Mirae — sometimes she’s encouraging, most times she ruins Mirae’s mood. Why can’t she be happy and supportive? She doesn’t even know Hyun Jae to judge him. Plus so what if his dad is adopted? She is also adopted — she should know than judge or discriminate him. She has been hiding her secret from her own family.

Soojae and Yuna is also falling in love for real.

Apart from the romance, I like the brother-sister relationship between Haejun and Hyunjae.

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)