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.

Jugglers (2018)

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Drama: Jugglers (저글러스)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 16
Release Date: December 4, 2017 – January 23, 2018
Runtime: Mon & Tue 22:00

Plot
The story mainly revolves around 3 ladies working as secretaries in one company. Yoon Yi works for a playboy boss and was mistakenly thought to be having an affair with him by the boss’s wife. As a result, she got waitlisted from the secretary pool and was hit by a bad reputation/rumor of sleeping with the boss. She ends up working with straight laced no nonsense Chi Won who is so independent and does not seem to need the help of a secretary. Pretty soon, they end up falling in love. On the other hand, Bona is a great secretary to Sang Moo, who is corrupt and arrogant. Chi Won is trying to uncover Sang Moo’s corruption, which strains the “friendship” between Yoon Yi and Bo Na. Bo Na has to decide if she will side with her long time boss or with her friend. Lastly, Yool is the son of the company’s directors and is an immature guy. He may have ideas but no one seems to be listening to him, thus, he tends to just slack off. Yoon Yi recommended her friend, Jung Ae to be Yool’s secretary. Jung Ae got married young and has a kid but now has to find work to help pay off her husband’s debts and raise her son. She hides her marital status from Yool and is able to turn Yool from a slacker to a hard worker. What will happen if Yool finds out the real truth about Jung Ae?

Main Cast
Baek Jin Hee – Jwa Yoon Yi
Daniel Choi – Nam Chi Won
Kang Hye Jung – Wang Jung Ae
Lee Won Geun – Hwangbo Yool
Cha Joo Young – Ma Bo Na
Jung Hye In – Park Kyung Rye

Review
I think story-wise, there was nothing really new. there has been so many kdramas about companies and uncovering corruption, secretary and boss living under the same roof and eventually falling in love. What i loved about this drama is the sincerity of the characters, esp Yoon Yi. The show also made me appreciate secretaries even more. They are not just assistants who fixes the boss’s schedule. They help their boss become better by making sure everything runs smoothly. They also help keep the team morale up and supports the team through various admin stuff. I love howthe 3 secretaries’ lives were all different because it gives flavor and reason to why they decide things and why they act a certain way.

I also love the romance/relationship between Yoon Yi and Chi Won. They were total opposites, yet once they worked together, they were a perfect match. I also liked the side story about Yoon Yi living in Chi Won’s old house. It must really be fate bringing them together. I love how they support each other, esp with Chi Won’s trauma.

The corruption story I didn’t like that much, mostly because it took too long to build the story. Bona’s boss was so annoying, all i want is to expose him and get him kicked out of the company but I had no clue what he was supposed to be doing bad until the last 2 episodes. and it felt like Chi Won worked too slow and Bona’s manager was just too powerful (when he is not that high up in position). I loved the conflict for Bona’s character. She needs the money, she needs the promotion plus she has been working for his boss for a long time. He hasn’t treated her badly and she rightfully shares her loyalty to her boss, but when you know your boss is doing bad things, aren’t you supposed to report him? Bona can always be assigned to a new boss if needed though with what happened to Yoonyi, i’m sure other bosses would not want a secretary who cannot be trusted with secrets.

As for Yool and Jung Ae, I wasn’t really sure why they had to hide her marital status (is it because Yool will not hire her)? and they should know that is not acceptable and can be reasons for termination. Plus, Yoon Yi helped change Jung ae’s CV, which is also wrong and i dont remember that she got penalized or suspended for it. Yool seemed like a cute son to Jung Ae. He obviously needed someone who will treat him with respect and guide him.

Overall, the story is simple but I had a lot of fun watching the drama. It was lighthearted but had good lessons to learn from.

Queen of the Ring (2017)

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Drama: Queen of Ring (반지의 여왕)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 3
Release Date: March 9 – March 23, 2017
Runtime: Thursdays 23:00

Plot
The story is about a plain girl (Mo Nanhee) who has a crush on a handsome guy but shallow guy (Park Segun). Nanhee’s mom gave her a ring that is supposed to have powers where if the guy she likes slips the ring on her finger, he will see her ideal girl. They start dating, however, Segun keeps seeing a beautiful girl instead of plain Nanhee, and the beautiful girl turns out to be her friend, Mijoo. When Segun finds out about the ring, will he choose Miju or Nanhee?

Cast
Kim Seul Gi – Mo Nan Hee
Ahn Hyo Seop – Park Se Gun
Yoon So Hee – Kang Miju
Lee Tae Sun – Byun Taehyun

Review
I love Seulgi that’s why i watched this drama. At first I could not understand why Nanhee likes Segun. Apart from his good looks, he just seemed so shallow and always talking about looking for pretty girls. When they started dating i couldn’t really feel happy for Nanhee, and is probably the way she feels – because she knows he does not like the real her, but the pretty version of her. I partly also cannot understand Nanhee. I know she thinks she is not pretty enough but how can you be confident of yourself if she always look that way. She is actually looks alright, even cute, but her hair is awful (why does she keep wearing her hair up and her bangs are too creepily curled) and her clothes are so boring. let’s face it – not everything is about personality, you need to have both looks and personality to succeed in today’s society. I actually like Taehyun – he is not as cute as Segun but he sees the real Nanhee and likes her the way she is, without the ring and pretty looks and clothes.
On the other side, Segun started off as really shallow but as the episode progresses, i realized that he isn’t really that shallow, he is just looking for that connection, which he thought was the looks but as he dated Nanhee, he realized that what he was looking for was a girl he can be with – who he can talk to and supports him, and the other way around. I loved that when he started dating Mijoo, he realized that and started looking for the real Nanhee. and he is the one who was able to bring Nanhee out of her shell and told her she is beautiful and she should be confident. that’s what love can do to both people, they bring out the best in each other. i love what Nanhee said to Segun about model vs girlfriend. Model is someone you bring in front of everyone, but girlfriend is the one you can cry to backstage (or something like that).
I also love how we also saw Miju have a panic disorder. So it turns out even pretty people have their own problems and insecurities. and We need friends who will be there for you and support you – gives you the strength to go on with your life.

I loved the overall message that this drama tried to show, and it’s a great reminder for everyone to not just look at external beauty but also look at inner beauty, or you might miss out on a good thing.

I’m Not a Robot (2018)

 

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Drama: I’m Not a Robot (로봇이 아니야)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 32
Release Date: December 6, 2017 – January 25, 2018
Runtime: Wednesdays & Thursdays 22:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)

Plot
A girl (Ji-a) pretends to be a robot (Aji-3) as a favor to her ex-boyfriend scientist (Baek Gyun) who is trying to get a rich guy Min Kyu to invest in his AI. The guy happens to have a rare allergy with human contact due to his tragic past and has no friends. Through his daily interactions with Aji-3, he is cured of his allergy and falls in love. But what happens when he finds out that Aji-3 is really Ji-a? Will he forgive her?

Cast
Yoo Seung Ho – Kim Min Kyu
Chae Soo Bin – Cho Ji-a / Aji-3
Uhm Ki Joon – Hong Baek Gyun
Park Se Wan – Pi
Song Jae Ryong – Hoktal
Kim Min Kyu – Ssanip
Kang Ki Young – Hwang Yoocheol
Hwang Seung Un – Ye Ri-el

Review
What a wonderful and heartwarming drama! I can’t believe I almost didn’t watch this one, just because i didn’t like Yoo Seung Ho. I never watched his dramas but i look at him and feel that his dramas are boring. lol. I’m regretting it now. He is a fantastic actor!

Favorite character / favorite couple – Min Kyu and Ji-a. I like them when they are together more than their individual characters. They are just so perfect and so in-sync with each other’s thoughts and feelings. and i love that Ji-a met someone who can totally understand and appreciate her quirky inventions and Min kyu found someone who he can trust and let his guard down.

Favorite scene – those 2 heartbreaking scenes where Minkyu was ranting to Jia and she just took all the hurt and pain and cried. I was crying for both of them coz you can really feel how much hurt they caused and how much they still love each other despite everything that has happened. Likewise, the next episode where they went to that mountain to catch the comet. another amazing scene that had me crying buckets of tears.

Favorite bromance /team – The whole Santa Maria squad. Well, Baek gyun is a bit frustrating at time because he seems so insensitive but i love that he cares for Min Kyu like a brother. Pi was always this grumpy girl but i love that she is so smart and so caring of Baek gyun. Ssanip and Hoktal were too funny. I love Ssanip’s random english lines, it just made him funnier. the unexpected romance between Hoktal and Seonhye was too cute.

I didn’t exactly like Jin Bae – he was so mean to Ji-a and he just looks too bland as Minkyu’s right hand man. I’m not even sure what he did that’s so amazing that Min Kyu had to beg for him to stay and he even got a huge promotion. But at least we get to finally see him acknowledge her sister’s talents at the end.

My favorite cute daughter is back! the kid actress is just so cute in every scene /drama she’s in. the two guys in black coats were such a pain all throughout the show, i can’t believe they were actually useful in the end.

I didn’t really like the whole KM financial story – i hated the two fathers, i think the worse one is Ri-el’s father who i thought was nice but was actually the traitor – at least Yoocheol’s father had the guts to fight Minkyu to his face and not be sneaky. I am so glad that the second generation (Min Kyu, Yoo cheol and Ri-el) are way better than their parents and I am so sure that together they will take KM Financial even higher. I am so used to seeing Kang Ki-young as the goofy and funny sidekick so seeing him here wearing a pained expression almost every scene was a bit odd for me. I like him more as the funny best friend, but he wasn’t bad here – he redeemed himself at the end.

The most worthless character is the doctor!! seriously, after 15 years he wasn’t able to cure Min kyu – he knows it’s partly psychological yet he did not ask Min kyu to see a psychiatrist. and the treatments and advice were so wrong! Dont tell Minkyu or he’ll die.. go on lying to him. Omg. Minkyu should sue him for being so useless.

Underrated character – the groundskeeper – Butler Sung. he stood as the somewhat father figure to Minkyu and did not leave him.

Seonhye – she’s a kickass best friend to Ji-a and love her style and her advices.

finally Ji-a / Aji-3 what can i say? Chae Soo bin did a great job portraying the 2 characters. She looks so cute as a robot and so pretty as Ji-a. I think Ji-a has been misunderstood because of her inventions and for not having a real job, but not everyone has to have a career. Tehre are some people who are just better as entrepreneurs or as artists and I commend them for their effort and hard work. the heart ball seemed too odd for an invention (like if i saw it in Kickstarter would i have bought it?) and yet it totally made sense when she explained it. and i super loved how they used that in conveying how much Minkyu missed Jia and it became their signal. and that umbrella — where can i buy that?? it was just too ingenious!

Add the amazing soundtrack – this was a winning drama for me.

Note: last night i even dreamed about being a robot too! hahaha! that’s how much it impacted me!