Flower of Evil (2020)

Drama: Flower of Evil (악의 꽃)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 29 – September 23, 2020
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:50

A guy accused of murder years ago lives under another person’s identity and hides his secret from his wife. The wife is a detective working on the case. What happens when the wife uncovers his secret? Will she be able to trust him? Will he be able to clear his name? Can their marriage survive?

Main Cast
Lee Joon Gi – Baek Hee Seong / Do Hyun Su
Moon Chae Won – Cha Jiwon
Jang Hee Jin – Do Hae Su
Seo Hyun Woo – Kim Moo Jin
Kim Ji Hoon – Baek Hee Seong

I was looking forward to this drama but the premise was so intriguing. I liked the first half of the drama (probably until episode 8) – episode 1 was boring but was able to binge watch episodes 2 to 8. But once Jiwon found out about Hyunsu, the story started going downhill. Episodes 13-14 were thrilling, although at this point, the story didn’t make sense and I just threw all logic out the window and decided to finish this as fast as I could.

I loved the suspenseful chase between Hyunsu and the police and i thought there was going to be episodic cases with Hyunsu’s case as the overarching story but they dropped this style after 2 episodes so I was very disappointed.

I loved the small family of Hyunsu and Jiwon and the super cute Eunha! Sometimes I disliked Jiwon for not always trusting Hyunsu enough. I know finding out his real identify was a shock and episode 13/14 was done to add the extra drama but even after they’ve talked, Jiwon still thought the worse of Hyunsu and got swayed when all points out to Hyunsu being framed. Also, Jiwon did some unlawful things while trying to protect Hyunsu, I think she should have at least been held accountable for some of her actions – like a six months suspension.

The Baek Family is probably the worst family of the year! One look at the actors playing the parents in episode 1, i knew they were going to be bad. But somehow I actually felt sympathy for them in the end. They just wanted to protect their son who turned out to be too much to handle. No matter how much they deny the fact that Hee Seong is a psychopath, they really can’t control him. I just wished they explored what made Hee Seong grow up this way. Did he have an emotional trauma growing up? Why was he different from the others?

The real Baek Hee Sung waking up put an interesting and scary spin on the story but also very unbelievable. I know they would always massage his legs and feed him, but how can he look so muscular and strong when he spent years lying in bed? Even if he did wake up and has been awake for weeks, it still doesn’t justify Hee Seong having the strength to stand up, run fast or choke a person to death. It should take weeks of continuous therapy to fully regain his bodily functions.

The only thing that was plausible is his thinking is still immature – considering that he went on comatose when he was in his early 20s and Do Min Seok wasn’t able to fully mentor him to his full psycho potential – and his methods are outdated – like he didn’t know about the dashcam.

I would have loved more explanations or more back stories about Do Minseok – why was he killing people? Who has he killed in the past or was this the first serial killing spree ever (when he joined with Hee Seong)? Why no one ever caught him? The story brings up the common question of nature vs nurture – are people inherently evil or people become evil due to upbringing and his environment? But this question was not fully answered, perhaps, there is no answer.

As for Moojin, I like him as Hyunsu’s friend but not as Haesu’s ex. There’s so much more potential for Moo Jin’s story but again, it also wasn’t fully explored. I’m glad Hae Su didn’t end up with Moo Jin. Like what Haesu said, he was always scared or ran away whenever she needed him the most. I’m happy Hae Su was able to gain her freedom after years of hiding and guilt.

My main complaint against this drama was that it was so boring!!! Maybe because the cinematography was dark and the story was gloomy, but it took me months before I finished this one. I struggled to complete one full episode – I was distracted or felt sleepy while watching, sometimes the story moved so slow, I would fast forward some scenes to get to the next scene. Or worse, I would be playing with my phone until near the end of the episode when some twists and turns will be revealed and the story becomes interesting. After episode 8, I stopped and delayed as much as I can to continue watching, and after that, I could only watch 1 episode a week. I just really wanted to see the ending, that’s why I stayed.

And whoa! The last episode was so bad it felt like it could have been finished in less than 30 mins but writers decided to put a lot of unnecessary scenes and drama to fill up the 1 hour. they should have ended this in episode 15. Oh, I wish Hee Seong had a better ending, I thought he deserved to suffer a painful life after all he’s put through everyone around him. The final reveal that Hyunsu does love Jiwon and is always thinking of her (the scene when they were in Hyunsu’s workshop) was underwhelming and didn’t move me to tears.

Rating: 8/10 (7.5 for the story but adding 0.5 because Lee Joon Gi acted so well)


KDrama Update

Hi sorry for now updating my blog. I’ve been watching ongoing kdramas so i post my weekly episodic reviews in my IG (@kdramadreaming) instead.

Kdrama i’m currently watching:
1. Record of Youth – loving Park Bogum as Sa Hyejun. I just wish they stop focusing on his family. The scenes are getting repetitive with Hyejun always being scolded by his dad without any development in the story or character. Also it’s weird that Haehyo’s mom gets more screen time than Haehyo. I want to know more about Haehyo, him breaking away from his suffocating mom and making his own mark. I also want more storyline for Jungha. I dont want to see the jealous colleague anymore and want to see her succeed in the salon and in her vlogging.

2. 18 Again- beautiful story about family. There’s equal screen time and development for The 4 main characters, although i love Dae Young the most. Super impressed with Lee Do Hyun -he is an amazing actor!! Having 2 other guys vying for Dajung’s attention is too much though. They should have just focused on one main guy -either Ikjun or Jihoon that will rival Dae Young. And i know in the original 17 Again movie, Deokjin will have a loveline with the pretty principal, but right now their story is too comical so i dont like it yet.

3. Flower of Evil – i was planning to binge watch this in time for the finale last week but i couldnt because i found the episodes to be really gloomy and slow. The story is intriguing but i just cant watch more than one episode a day. I will continue to watch this until the end but will probably take some time for me to finish.

4. Alice – woot! The first few episodes were terrific but then the weird mother-son romantic vibes in the middle, esp in eps 8-9 has me fast forwarding some scenes. Also getting frustrated with how the main lead is too dense to put the clues together. At episode 10, he still doesnt know what’s happening that i just want to help him!! Likewise, professor Taeyi is also too slow when Doyeon already told her she looks like  his mother and she knows there’s time travelling happened. Two reasons why i havemt dropped this is because i still want to know what is really happening and i want to see more of Minhyuk.

5. Lie After Lie – i loved the first episode!! It was hella crazy but the next 7 episodes have significantly mellowed down the level of crazy. Im bot complaining though i wish there were more twists and revelations in every episode. I do like that the drama is taking its time to setup the romance between Jimin and Eunsu and building the relationship between Eunsu and Wooju. I definitely think these 3 need a solid foundation because once Chairman finds out about Wooju i have a feeling all hell will break loose and Eunsu needs a lot of help to protect her family. I’m still not sure how adding the golfer into the story will help Eunsu aside from having a love triangle which isnt necessary.

6. Homemade Love Story – i wasnt able to watch Once Again so i started this instead. So far there’s nothing special about the kdrama, just the usual soap opera plots of birth secrets but i’m staying because i love Jin Ki Joo and i want to see her romance with Woo Jaehee. The side stories of her siblings are so-so, as long as they dont make Hae Deun and Rahoon fall in love with each other then i’m fine with them. I dont like Jaehee’s famil except for Minjae who i want to see more. And i also dont like Seo ah and her mom (who is Bitchaewoon’s real mom) but im willing to see how the story goes and how Chaewoon will succeed over Seo ah. I also dont like the aunt but i love uncle Hwak Se so still waiting and see. This is a 100 episode drama and im only in ep 12 so i know lots more things will happen.

Lawless Lawyer (2018)

Drama: Lawless Lawyer (무법 변호사)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: May 12 – July 1, 2018
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00

Bong Sang Pil goes back to his hometown after 18 years to avenge the death of his mother. More than revenge, he seeks justice and tries to take down the two people responsible for his mother’s death and the countless crimes they’ve done.

Main Cast
Lee Joon gi – Bong Sang Pil
Seo Ye Ji – Ha Jae Yi
Lee Hye Young – Cha Moon Suk
An Oh Ju – Choi Min Su

What I liked about this drama is that it went straight to the plot from the very start of the show. The flashbacks were effective in setting up the background and motive why Sangpil wants to go back and avenge his mother’s death. What I didn’t like was how the plot stayed and dragged on until the end and the middle part felt like nothing was really happening. I was tempted to fast forward some scenes but stopped myself because Lee Joon Gi is such an eye candy and his team is too funny!

The relationship between Sangpil and Jaeyi came out of nowhere in the earlier episodes. Like, one minute Jaeyi didn’t like him, but when she found out her mentor killed her mom, she and Sangpil had grieving sex (is that what you call it?) and the next day they were a couple. i guess having a similar experience really makes you closer. I didn’t mind the rushed romance because the story focused more on their revenge and they work well together. I like how their minds clicked and how they discussed things as a couple and colleagues. I also loved the lawless lawyer team, esp Kwangsoo, Geumja and Geun Gang. They may have an unorthodox way of investigating but it still worked.

Just to go back on what i said about the plot dragging for the entire duration of the show, for a show about lawyers and prosecutors, I expected episodic cases where Sangpil and Jaeyi accepts some cases and helps people with theis legal problems, but there was none of that there. The story really focused on the key players of Moon Sook’s past schemes and showing how her and An Oh Ju are so powerful.

I really hated An oh Ju from the start, but the actor was so good that I actually felt bad for him in the end. All he did was follow the instructions of his boss (Moon Sook’s equally corrupt father) and become loyal to the daughter (Moon Sook), yet Moon Sook treated him like a lowlife. Yet he did some terrible things and I liked that he died in his hometown (well I preferred that he pay for his crimes through jail time but I guess death is also not a bad way to go.

As for Nam Soon Ja, she got what she deserved, which is jail time, but I feel like her daughter didn’t learn anything. Like she is still power hungry like her mother, and didn’t apologize or acknowledged that what her mom did wa wrong. I dont even know why Moon Sook likes her when she doesn’t even look like she’s a great prosecutor.

Cha Moon Sook was so evil I wanted someone to please slap her face (and pull out her hair!). I dont understand why she wants power so much but I guess there’s no rationale for greed. I feel bad for the citizens for being duped into thinking she is this amazing woman when all along she schemed, and killed to get her way. The finale was not that impactful for me, since there were no big twists or shocking reveals. It is more like – will An Oh Ju or Nam Soon Ja betray Cha Moon Sook or not? I expected more dramatic turn of events that will publicly humiliate Moon Sook but there was none. Still it was satisfying to see Cha Moon Sook wearing prisoner clothes for a change.

Rating: 8/10

Seven First Kisses (2016)

Drama: Seven First Kisses (첫 키스만 일곱번째)
Genre: Romance, comedy
Format: Web drama
Episodes: 8
Broadcast network: Naver TV Cast
Broadcast period: 2016-Dec-05 to 2017-Jan-05
Air time: Monday & Thursday 10:00

A short drama about a NBSB girl who wishes to experience love for the first time and meets a beautiful angel who grants her wishes.

Main Cast
Lee Cho Hee – Min Soo Jin
Choi Ji Woo – angel
Lee Joon Ki
Park Hae Jin
Ji Chang Wook
Ok Taecyeon
Lee Jong Suk
Lee Min Ho

Hmm… You can’t really call this 7 first kisses when there were no kissing involved! 😕

Very short episodes to promote Lotte Duty Free but i still enjoyed it. Every episode had a story and featured all our dream oppas –
– Lee Joon Gi is the childhood church friend for girls who like the boy next door
– Park Hae Jin is the handsome and cool boss for girls who want an office romance
– Ji Chang Wook is the sexy secret agent for girls who like bad boys and adventure
– Kai is the sweet younger boyfriend for girls who think age doesn’t matter
– Ok Taecyeon is the handsome chaebol’s son for girls who want to marry rich and be treated like a princes (but be prepared for evil MIL and pesky rich girl friend)
– Lee Jong Suk is the charming actor for girls who dream of marrying their oppas
– Lee Min Ho is the intelligent and serious travel writer for girls who love books and traveling

When Choi Jiwoo said, “You need to choose just 1 person and the story will continue.” Man, what a tough decision! Looking back at the stories and deciding which fantasy boyfriend i like, i will probably choose Lee Joon Gi’s character first, Lee Minho the next, Lee Jongsuk as the third 🙂

And I agree with what Soo Jin said, “What kind of reward is this if there’s no kissing?” HAHA! Oh well, at least she finds out that Lee Minho is the endgame 🥰.

Rating: 7/10