Bad and Crazy (2022)

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Drama: Bad and Crazy (배드 앤 크레이지)
Network: tvN, iQIYI
Episodes: 12
Release Date: December 17, 2021 – January 28, 2022
Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:40
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot: A detective meets a mysterious figure while getting caught up in corruption and a drug case.

Main Cast:
Lee Dong Wook – Ryu Soo Yeol
Wi Ha Jun – K
Han Ji Eun – Lee Hee Gyeom
Cha Hak Yeon – Oh Gyeong Tae

Review:
I loved the first episode, it felt very bad and crazy indeed. Not just Ryu Soo Yeol, but also the bad guys. This drama was not afraid to show grit, blood and lots of violence. The entrance of K as the mysterious figure was very interesting and makes you want to know more about him.

I’d say this drama felt like 2 different dramas merged into 1, and it’s mainly because there were 2 main cases — the first one, was about Do Yu Gon (episodes 1 to 4) and the related drug case / corruption, (episodes 5-8). The second one felt totally different vibe from the first case, and focused on the psycho therapist who has a deep and painful past with Ryu Soo Yeol. I honestly liked the second half more than the first half. Mainly because I didn’t care about the drug case, and the main guy. The captain was too menacing and invincible. He looked like a old short detective, but he was faster, stronger than the younger guys, which i thought was unbelievable.

I also though the case dragged for too long and the plot kept repeating where Ryu Soo Yeol will almost catch the bad guy, but something happens, he loses his chance, he has to kneel down and swallow his pride, then finds something new and starts again.

And that makes me go back to Ryu Su Yeol as the main character. I liked how flawed he was, like an anti-hero but you can help but cheer for him (or maybe because Lee Dong Wook looked impeccably appealing in his suits and sexy tousled hair despite the blood and dirt LOL). Soo Yeol was corrupt, doesn’t have the heart to continue fighting, gets beaten down every time. And it’s all because of his tragic past that he had to conjure K to protect him.

K is the opposite. Wi Ha Jun’s eyes and smile always looked like he was a wild man /superhero when he fights for justice, but also had this childlike wonder when he meets his crush, Hee Gyeom. I loved the bromance between K and Su Yeol and was also crying when they had to finally part. That scene where they said goodbye and when Su Yeol opened the door, he saw W crying inside was heart warming.

I also liked Hee Gyeom and Su Yeol’s team, Gyeong Tae and Jae Sun. Sometimes I wanted to scold Su Yeol for teaming up with K (which is basically himself) rather than go to this team for help. But he eventually learns to work with his team and catch the bad guys.

The psycho therapist was unbelievably great at everything, and was always one step ahead of Soo Yeol. I still didn’t quite get his motive for having a grudge against Soo Yeol so I can’t really sympathize with him. Or maybe I’m not supposed to, but he is so handsome (haha).

Overall, I still felt the 12 episodes were too long, this should have been 10 episodes, but still a fun watch despite getting frustrated sometimes with the plot.

Rating: 8/10

A Year-End Medley (2021)

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Movie: Happy New Year (해피 뉴 이어)
Release Date: December 29, 2021
Distributor: CJ Entertainment, TVING
Country: South Korea

Main Cast:
Han Ji-Min – So-Jin
Lee Dong-Wook – Yong-Jin
Kang Ha-Neul – Jae-Yong
Lim Yoon-A – Soo-Yeon
Won Jin-A – Yi-Young
Seo Kang-Joon – Yi-Kang
Lee Kwang-Soo – Sang-Hoon
Kim Young-Kwang – Seung-Hyo
Ko Sung-Hee – Young-Joo
Lee Jin-Wook – Jin-Ho
Lee Hye-Young – Catharine
Jung Jin-Young – Sang-Kyu
Lee Kyu-Hyung – fortune-teller
Jo Joon-Young – swimmer
Won Ji-An – figure skater

Review:
Released at the end of the year with a star studded cast, this movie mostly revolves around the people working in a hotel and the events leading to the new year.

I love that there are a variety of stories that are connected to each other.

  1. A girl with a one sided love for her college band mate/best friend – reminded me that when one door closes, another one opens
  2. The friendship between a star and his manager – reminded me to be grateful for the support of my family, friends and colleagues
  3. A romance between the hotelier and the housekeeping staff – reminded me that love has no boundaries
  4. High school students falling in love – reminded me that you sometimes have to take risks
  5. Former lovers reunite – reminded me that it’s never too late to start a new life, romance, career
  6. A guy who wants to end his life on the last day of the year – reminded me that life is precious and we should cherish our time on earth

I liked 1,2 and 6 story line the most.

The movie is quite long, almost 2.5 hours but needed to squeeze in all the stories. We dont get a background of who they are since there’s no time, it looks like we are just getting a glimpse of their lives a week before the new year.

Perfect to watch during the new year or if you just want a simple and light movie.

Rating: 8.5/10

Touch Your Heart (2019)

 

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Drama: Touch Your Heart (진심이 닿다)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: February 6 – March 28, 2019
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:30

Plot
Oh Yoon-Seo is a popular actress since she is pretty but her acting is terrible. One day, she gets involved in a drug scandal with the son from a chaebol family which causes a significant decline in her popularity. Yeon Seo finds out that a famous screenwrite wants her to play the lead female role for a drama. However because of her scandal and her bad acting, the screenwriter stated that Yeon Seo has to prepare for the role by working as a lawyer’s secretary for a few months. Yeon So’s manager asks his cousin-lawyer to hire her for a few months in his firm. The cousin, who is a big fan of Yeon Seo, agrees and asks his ace lawyer, Kwon Jung-Rok to let actress Oh Yoon-Seo work as his secretary for 3 months. Jung Rok is cold and direct, and is not happy about the situation, but he has to accept.

Main Cast
Lee Dong Wook – Kwon Jung Rok
Yoo In Na – Oh Yoon Seo
Lee Sang Woo – Kim Se won
Son Sung Yoon – Yoo Yeo Reum
Shim Hyung Tak – Choi Yoon Hyuk
Park Kyung Hye – Dan Moon Hee
Oh Jung Se – Yeon Joon Kyu
Lee Joon Hyuk – Yeon Joon Seok

Review
I have a confession to make. I never finished Goblin. I wanted to but I was just so bored and I couldn’t get past the point that Goblin is having a relationship with a high school student. it’s not romantic at all. Anyways I heard so many good things about Dong Wook – Yoo In Na coupling and i love them both so I was pretty much excited to watch this. And it didn’t disappoint. Wait, it’s not a great drama but it gave me warm feelings.

Yoo In Na as Oh Yoon Seo was so charming. No wonder she (Yoon Seo, not Yoo Inna) is popular despite being a bad actress. She seems like a really nice person though sometimes it’s hard to believe how she remained naive and innocent after working in the industry for so long. And she doesn’t have any friends! It was so cute seeing Yoon Seo acts sweet and adorable in front of Jung Rok, who is her first romance, and likewise, it was funny to see Jung Rok acting so awkward, trying to navigate their first relationship together. But again it was also unbelievable that Jung Rok has zero experience with love. Sometimes watching the drama I have to stop and remember that these 2 are 30 something adults, and not college students with the way they are acting.

There wasn’t much conflict in the drama. I think 75% of the drama was just about their blossoming relationship, which is not bad because we get to see more fleshed out relationship. On the other hand, I actually loved the first few episodes where there were actual legal cases that they worked on. It kept the show interesting and going beyond the too much sweetness.

and i actually forgot that she had to go back to her acting. I was okay if Yoon Seo just retires from showbiz and remain as Jung Rok’s secretary – i thought that was the ending. haha. I forgot this is korean drama and she has to go back to showbiz and redeem her name and reputation. How fickle fans are, after shunning her because of a drug scandal that is not true, they just quickly accepted her like nothing happened and they didn’t just ignore her for years. I’m also glad that Yoon Seo is taking her acting seriously this time and is improved after gaining experience.

I also loved the interactions between the manager and the cousin-lawyer. too funny. Oh, the Yoon Hyuk and Moon Hee pairing was also hilarious! I was really hoping they get together in the end and I was right!! Eun Ji turning down Doo Seob was sad but then I kind of get why she did that. plus you can’t have everyone in the company coupled together. That would be weird. Lastly, I couldn’t really understand why Se-Won and Yeo Reum’s characters are in the story. Jung rok and Se won’s bromance was sometimes awkward since Jung Rok keeps ignoring nice Sewon, his interactions with Yeo Reum were so boring!

Overall, this was a quick watch. I love the romance – my friend couldn’t finish this coz she said they were too sweet but that’s what I liked most about this show. I must really getting old haha since I appreciate these kinds of slow and warm romance dramas over the trendy dramas.