Welcome to Wedding Hell (2022)

Drama: Welcome to Wedding Hell (결혼백서)
Network: KakaoTV, Netflix
Episodes: 12
Release Date: May 23, 2022 —
Runtime: Mon. – Wed. 19:00 (30 minutes)
Country: South Korea

Plot: A couple gets engaged and starts to plan their wedding. Can they pull off their perfect wedding or will they break up before they can get married?

Main Cast
Lee Yeon Hee – Kim Na Eun
Lee Jin Wook – Seo Jun Hyung
Hwang Seung Un – Choi Hui Seon
Kim Ju Yeon – Lee Su Yeon
Song Jin Woo – Jang Min Woo
Kim Mi Kyung – Lee Dal Young
Lim Ha Ryong – Kim Soo Chan
Yun Yoo Sun – Park Mi Sook

This drama only had 12 30 mins episodes so this was an easy watch despite the stressful and predictable moments. Maybe I can’t relate because I’m not yet married, but while watching the drama, all I can think of is, “Why are they getting married in the first place?” How long have they been together as a couple? They looked so in love and in sync in the first episode, but it seems like they don’t know enough about each other’s personalities and values and they don’t communicate enough. That’s why they started fighting as they are planning the wedding. Jun Hyeong proposed to her, Na Eun accepted, but they have not really thought about actually living together. They were in a bubble of love and dating.

First off, in terms of finance, they are so different when it comes to handling their money. I’m a bit like Na Eun where I invest and save, so I was as stressed as Na Eun to find out that Jun Hyeong spends a lot of money and doesn’t seem to know how to save.

Second, when it comes to arguments, Jun Hyeong tends to run away and just say sorry and hope Na Eun lets it go, while Na Eun is passive aggressive. Not a good sign. When Na Eun forces him to talk to her, Jun Hyeong gets so stressed and doesn’t pick up the phone (duh!! I’ll get angry too!) On the other hand, Na Eun is very stubborn and doesn’t cut Jun Hyeong some slack. They have to learn to choose their battles and compromise.

Third, in dealing with the in-laws, Jun Hyeong is annoying and don’t know how to handle balancing the wife’s needs and the clingy mom’s selfishness. Na Eun meanwhile, keeps saying nice things in front of Jun Hyeong’s mom even though she doesn’t mean it. It causes unnecessary misunderstandings. The drama seems like it’s all about Na Eun, and what she wants because she’s the bride, while Jun Hyeong doesn’t have a spine or is not decisive enough to communicate to both women.

Speaking of in-laws, Jun Hyeong’s mom is stressful. I don’t know if she is mean or pretending to be nice or is actually nice. She is petty, sending the gift with the price tag, insisting that she go with Na Eun to shop and choosing things she likes and not considering Na Eun’s feelings. Just like what Na Eun’s mom told Jun Hyeong’s mom — she knows how it is between the wife and the mother in law, why is she making it difficult for Na Eun? it seems like she is jealous of Na Eun and not ready to let go of her son.

I honestly don’t know if in real life, the couple can survive past the first year of marriage. I feel like they’re probably fighting right now. The wife is always right, the husband will keep saying yes or I’m sorry to stop her nagging. I just hope their love for each other is enough, and that they will be more honest with each other and talk through their issues.

Lee Yeonhee is so pretty and I like her character’s friendship with her 2 besties. However, Jinwook always looks unkempt and scruffy while his best friend is funny and nice.

I like secondary couple, they were both funny and in some way, perfect for each other. I just wished that they also gave the single friend a partner (and not just the cameo actor) in the end.

Rating: 7.5/10

New Year Blues (2021)

Movie: New Year Blues (새해전야)
Release Date: February 10, 2021
Runtime: 114 min.
Distributor: Acemaker Movie Works
Country: South Korea

This is a story of 4 different couples a week before New Year. The movie is quite long, clocking in at almost 2 hours. Halfway I was started to get a little bored because the story kept switching between the 4 couples. I think 4 was too much. This would have been better if there were only 3 couples that we needed to focus on.

My fave couple was Kim Kang Woo and Yoo Inna (or maybe I’m just biased towards Kangwoo 😊). I like the gruff bodyguard and sweet female couple.

My fave story/ending was Lee Dong Hwi and Chen Du Ling plus Yum Hye Ran as the sister. I also cried when Dong Hwi’s character was confessing to his fiance. and laughed when he came out of the drum.

The most romantic setting is Lee Yeon Hee and Yoo Yeon Seok in Argentina although their story seems out of place. (Sidenote: why does Yeonhee keeps going abroad when she gets heartbroken lol) and the funny cameo of Choi Siwon.

The one I was confused because I didn’t know why they were fighting in the first place was Yoo Teo and Choi Soo Young’s characters. They seemed to be okay, I think it was more on guilt from the guy’s side.

Overall it was a nice holiday film.

Rating: 8.5/10

[throwback] The Package (2017)

The_Package_(TV_series)-posterDrama: The Package (더 패키지)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 12
Release Date: October 13 – November 18 , 2017
Runtime: Fridays & Saturdays 23:00Plot:
The drama tells the story of a tour guide and her group of tourists. Each of the tourists’ stories unravel as they go through 8 days of French tour.Cast:
Lee Yeon Hee – Yoon So-so
Jung Yong Hwa – San Maroo
Choi Woo shik – Kim Gyung Jae
Ha Shi-eun – Han So-ran
Ryu Seung Soo – Jung Yeon Sung
Park Yoona – Na Hyun
Jeong Gyu Su – Oh Gabsoo
Lee Ji Hyun – Han Bokja
Yoon Park – Yoo SooReview:
I’m so glad i randomly selected this show to watch. This show may not have rated high but I loved it a lot! Each of the characters were relatable and are the different kinds of travellers you normally meet in a group tour!Yoon So-so and San Maru – I think if this was in real life, we will call their relationship as a rebound romance or a travel fling. Except this is a korean drama so this is supposed to be destiny and eternal love. I love Yoon So-so and i can totally feel her pain and embarrassment. That’s why never make plans for another person, always be sure, you are planning for yourself. Yoon so-so fell in love, eloped in Paris and got dumped. She is too ashamed to face her family and she kept out of touch and is trying to finish her college degree to save face. I think that’s not a bad idea. She is already there in France, might as well make the most of it. On the other hand, I can understand the brother telling her sister to just go home – she doesn’t have to stay to prove people and to save face. her family still loves her and will take care of her. But I agree with So-so, she needed that time alone in France to discover herself and become confident again before coming back to Korea. As for San Maru, i applaud him for maintaining his integrity despite the risk of losing his job and girlfriend. This is the second drama (after Misaeng) where office workers are treated badly and unfairly – i’m scared if this is really how Korean companies work or this is purely fictional. First off, Maru should not have told the girlfriend or his manager. The protocol for whistleblowing is to report the incident to an independent officer – such as the compliane officer or anonymously. Ugh, i hate the girlfriend!! I think in some ways she loved Maru too, but she is a coward and a follower – and i think eventually she and Maru will never work out. Because Maru is independent. He is crazy and accident prone lol. He needs someone free spirited like So-so. I love how he ended up going to South Africa to do what’s right – a little naive and too nice but i think we need more Maru in this current times. I may have said that Soso and Maru seems like a travel fling – and it’s mostly because they only met for a few days and they’re already in love. They dont even know each other outside of the tour and I’m glad both had the sense and broke up. The whole destiny is absurd but the chances of them meeting after a few weeks or months in the airport going back to Korea is actually possible. I hope there is a season 2 where So so is back in Korea.Gyung Jae and So Ran – at first i didn’t like Soran. why is she thinking of another guy when she has a perfectly nice boyfriend? and why does she keep creating rumors or stories about their other travellers? and why does she keeps shopping – does she make that much money? but later on, i ended up liking her. she may be gossipy but she’s actually a nice lady. i could understand why she was thinking of the other guy – it’s because nothing seems to be happening with her current relationship and the guy is jobless and is not proposing to her. after 7 years i think it is fair for them to reflect on their status and what they really want to happen. As for the guy, i think he is a nice guy, he just doesn’t know what to do with his life. I was crying when he found out he didn’t get the investment and he was crying in the bathroom. I’m glad Soran decided to stand by and support him. So what if they dont have the grand life? as long as they’re together then they can weather the storm.The old couple – gah, the old man is the traveller i hate to be with – always complaining and shouting. I feel bad for the nice wife – always having to apologize for her husband and be embarrassed. i wish they communicated more. Old man knows his wife has cancer and being a typical guy, he doesn’t want to cry and instead lashed out at people. Most of the time we got angry because he cared for his wife and he wanted her to enjoy life rather than just kept focusing on her death, which i totally agree. The wife should be happy to have a husband who loves her so much but the guy should also tone down his rudeness. I was crying with them when they were crying and kissing on top of the double decker bus. It was a sweet moment for the couple.Yoon Seung and Na hyun – i think the show took a long time to introduce their story. I had a feeling they were father and daughter, i just didn’t know their story. The dad seems so devoted to the bratty girl and to the girlfriend, i was scared that the girlfriend was cheating on him. Whew! dang show trying to trip us viewers. i also loved their relationship and likewise, i brokedown when the dad got down on his knees for her daughter not to get expelled from school. Sometimes i also wanted to strangle the daughter for being so mean to the dad. i think she was just going through her rebellious teenager phase and she was so used to treating her father as a friend that she forgot that she is her father. I’m glad the father finally stepped up and scolded his daughter. She needed a little discipline and learn to respect her father. Again, cried a lot.I’ve never been to France so watching this show, i felt like i was part of their group tour and was able to see each of the famous sites. I loved everything, from the pacing, to the stories, the music, the locations. How i wish So-so was a real tour guide – i will definitely join her tour!