Profile Drama: Please Send Me A Fan Letter (팬레터를 보내주세요) Network: MBC Episodes: 4 Release Date: November 18 – November 26, 2022 Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:00 Language: Korean Country: South Korea
Plot A father writes a fake fanletter from a popular celebrity to his ill daughter in hopes to keep her happy, but ends up getting found out in public. The popular celebrity goes to find the kid and realizes it’s the daughter of her first love. Will they both find love this time around?
Main Cast Choi Soo Young – Han Kang Hee Yoon Park – Bang Jung Seok Shin Yeon Woo – Bang Yoona
Review I expected this to be a romcom but this turned out to be a melodrama. The first 2 episodes were light, and sweet, showing a little some flashbacks of Kang Hee and Jung Seok’s high school relationship and how they meet again as adults with adult issues. The second half was more serious, focusing on healing and finding love again. The story is simple, nothing new, but it worked because of the 2 leads and the cute kids. I liked the first love trope and the leads meeting again still liking each other after all these years. And how they support each other.
Being a celebrity is really tough. You just get too many haters and people can easily ruin your reputation with a lie. But it’s worse if the lies are coming from classmates and friends. I like Kanghee, I wish she had more friends who can defend her.
I also like Jungseok. Hope there’s a way he can go back to being a lawyer although I understand his kid’s welfare is more important to him. But maybe now with Kang hee beside him, he can have more helping hand.
Some might feel that the overall mood of the drama is gloomy and might find this boring, but I didn’t because it was tightly written and was only for 4 episodes.
Review: Wonderful leads. I love the high school version – they were full of love and passion and energy. You will just think where did it all go wrong?
Using amnesia as a plot device to keep them apart for years. They had their first major fight but why is it so shocking as to cause severe amnesia? And her friends and her MOM did nothing to tell her that she has a boyfriend!!! The mom even told Namiki to go away and she burned all his letters.
Her mom was selfish, wanting her to marry the rich doctor and look what happened to her! She had to drop out of school, get married young and have a kid, get insulted and divorced at a young age. And lonely for the next 20 years.
The adult version were great too but they were both broken and sad. Can you imagine if the mom didn’t keep them apart, they could have fallen in love all over again when they were still in their 20s? Because it’s fate.
I also liked the small bonding between Namiki and Yae’s son, even when they didn’t know who they were.
I realized that Tsunemi was also a wonderful person, when we finally get to see how they first met. It’s just too bad Namiki never got over Yae, and she will never be able to get his heart.
Eps 8 and 9 had me crying so hard, tears won’t stop falling.
I also loved the ending. Together, their dreams finally came true!! 🥰
It was a little confusing that the timelines kept jumping from past to present.
Profile: Drama: You Are My Glory (你是我的荣耀) Country: China Episodes: 32 Aired: Jul 26, 2021 – Aug 16, 2021 Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Original Network: Tencent Video Duration: 35 min.
Plot: He is a serious aerospace engineer and she is a popular actress. They were classmates in high school and she used to have a big crush on him but she got rejected. Years later, they meet again when she asks him to teach her how to play a mobile game where she is the endorser. Will love find them this time around?
Main Cast: Yang Yang – Yu Tu Dilraba Dilmurat – Qiao Jing Jing
Review: “You are the rabbit that has seen the most stars.”
I always love stories where one is a celebrity and the other is an average person.
The first 10 eps focused on meeting each other again after years and they spent most time playing games and how they grew closer. I’m not a gamer so I wasn’t really interested in the technical stuff and I couldn’t understand their obsession with playing but it was still nice to see them interact and learn more about each other every day. The middle 10 episodes were about Yu Tu’s aerospace stuff, which is boring since I again don’t understand the technical stuff except whatever he is doing must be brilliant and impressive, and how they end up confessing their feelings. The last 10 episodes were what I came for — it was all about their relationship after becoming official – 2 months after then 2 years later we see them work on their long distance relationship, to finally getting married in a simple and non-celebrity kind but equally gorgeous wedding, and 5 years after getting married where we see their love just keeps growing stronger. The only thing missing was a child, but I think they’re too busy to have one. Maybe next time.
I love Yu Tu as the male lead. He is not the usual arrogant ML that we see in Cdramas. He is thoughtful, and his dilemma on chasing his dreams vs earning money for his family is relatable. And i love that he took his time to get to know Jing Jing but when he finally realized and sorted his feelings, he was 100% invested in their relationship. Likewise, Qiao Jing Jing is down to earth and sweet even though she is a top actress who is used to getting what she wants. She preferred to live in Yu Tu’s smaller place instead of her gorgeous house because it’s nearer to Yu Tu’s office. And she decided to have a simple wedding rather than a lavish one. And she didn’t bother officially announcing their relationship even if they were very public about dating.
On paper, this relationship should not work — they seem like total opposites and yet, somehow their relationship made so much sense. And I think it’s because they connect with each other. They support each other in their career goals and comfort each other when they’re down. They also love teasing each other. Lots of hugs and kisses too and sexy times. Despite their long distance relationship, they made it work by being honest and open with each other. Whoever casted Dilraba and Yang Yang should be rewarded because they look so great together!
I also love the soundtrack been looking for it and havent found them. I’m also tempted to buy the cute stuff they were showing like the rabbit earrings, rabbit doll, rocket toy, the mini astronaut figurine. Even purjoy haha which they drank in almost every scene 🤣
Profile: Drama: Love Between Fairy and Devil / Cang Lan Jue (苍兰诀) Country: China Episodes: 36 Aired: Aug 7, 2022 – Aug 29, 2022 Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Original Network: iQiyi Duration: 45 min.
Plot: A fairy from a rival tribe unknowingly sets free the devil lord from the Moon tribe imprisoned for 30,000 years and swaps bodies with him. She ends up putting a curse on him where he can feel every thing she feels emotionally and physically. Devil Lord needs to keep her close and find a way to release the curse, but what happens when they end up falling in love?
Main Cast Dylan Wang – Dong Fang Qin Cang Esther Yu – Orchid/Xian Lan Hua/Goddess Zhang Ling He – Lord Changheng/Xiao Run Xu Hai Qiao – Lord Rong Hao Cristy Guo – Chidi Woman Charles Lin – Shang Que Hong Xiao – Jie Li Wang Yue Yi – Fairy Danyin Zhang Chen Xiao – Xunfeng
Review: I’ve never watched a xianxia- I always thought they looked fake and I’m not really into immortals and fairies. But I saw that this drama has Didi and Esther as the main leads so I thought I should check this out! And boy, I’m so glad I did! This drama totally surpassed my expectations!! I was just looking for a light cutesy romcom drama but I ended up having so much more.
Gorgeous visuals. How much did they spend for the CGI because every scene was so beautiful! The Arbiter Hall, The Moon Palace, the Memory Loss River, the Immortals Realm, etc. Even that scene where Changheng went inside the painting with Rong Hao was so good.
Beautiful costumes. Orchid was always wearing beautiful flowy dresses and her hair accessories are so pretty. DFCQ’s costumes are also splendid, so are Lord Changheng and Ronghao’s costumes. Their wedding costumes in Lucheng were also so gorgeous. The only cringy items are their acrylic looking or gold looking hairpieces that look cheap.
Grand display of power. I loved it every time DFQC used his blue Hellfire – it didn’t look fake and you really feel that he’s the most powerful being in the realm. Even the glazed fire was so shocking. Also everytime DFQC shows up in the earlier episodes to rescue Orchid was wonderfully done. The Goddess of Xilan, when she finally showed her powers to rescue DFQC in one scene, and to stop the battle between the Immortals and Moon Tribe was awesome.
Romantic Comedy. In the first half, Orchid was cute and adorable while DFQC was the unsmiling jerk. There were several light and funny scenes, like when DFQC had to count flowers, laugh and cry while Orchid was laughing and crying. The body swap scenes where Orchid in DFQC’s body was forcibly trying to kiss DFQC in Orchid’s body to swap bodies.
Eternal Love. By episode 20, Orchid and DFQC are still not together, but not because they don’t like each other, but because of their current situation. DFQC’s mission is to kill everyone in Shuyuantian to avenge the wrong treatment of Orchid and to restore the Moon Tribe like he promised his father and his tribe. Orchid is from Shuyuantian and even though she loves DFQC, she doesn’t want him to start a war and kill her hometown. The angst. Omg! I was crying whenever they had to argue about this. And that scene where DFQC put the bone crushing thing inside his body which causes him pain every midnight until he is able to release the frozen Moon Tribe and Orchid’s helplessness in the situation.
The argument scene when Orchid wants to take the 3 day punishment in DFQC’s place to show the people that she deserves to be the Moon Queen, and DFQC pretending to drink the tea and secretly vomiting it so that he feels the same pain as Orchid. I was bawling like crazy!! I’ve never watched a drama where the main leads were really fighting for each other and willing to sacrifice their lives.
When Orchid learns of her true identity and tries to pretend she doesn’t remember DFQC but makes a mistake of doing the Smile gesture that gave away the truth, and DFQC kissing her like there’s no tomorrow.
Ugh!! I still can’t move on from the final episode where **BIG SPOILERS AHEAD** DFCQ sacrificed himself. Such a significant character growths for both the main leads. Of course, I wasn’t too bothered with the sacrifice. They are immortals, so I thought they can just come back / reincarnate or whatever. DFCQ carefully planting and taking care of Orchid’s seed and Orchid taking care of DFQC’s moon spirit until he comes back (after 500 years but that’s fast considering they’ve lived for more than 30,000 years).
Noble Second Male Lead. Lord Changheng was so nice, I wouldn’t have minded Orchid being with Changheng without DFQC. Changheng also had a sad fate. He is engaged to the goddess that he has never seen, falls in love with Orchid, and hiding his feelings for her because he is engaged to the goddess, not knowing that they are the same person!! When he finally founds out the truth, Orchid has already fallen in love with DFQC. Later when Orchid is the Goddess and wants to pushthrough with their wedding even if Changheng knows she doesn’t love him. Aw poor boy can’t catch a break. And his best friend Rong Hao betrays him and everyone in Shuyuantian.
Wonderful Bromance. DFCQ and the loyal Shang Que. DFQC and the mortal Xiao Run which later became a bond with Lord Changheng. Lord Changheng and Ronghao (tragic but still a good bromance). DFQC and Xunfeng.
Rich Side Stories. There were so many other stories aside from the main leads’ story, which extended the episodes into 36. We have the love story between Shang Que and Jie Li, which I honestly do not approve of. I think Shang Que deserves a better girl than Jie Li, although I also like Jie Li’s dilemma of following Haishi or protecting her friends.
The Lu Cheng episodes where the immortals all went down to the mortal realm were a huge treat. Chidi Woman and Orchid’s friendship. Chidi Woman’s crush on DFQC. I think the poem came true, that Chidi was supposed to meet DFQC that night, get married and was killed by DFQC. She wasn’t meant to be with Changheng like they all think. I think Chidi woman had the saddest story of all the characters (Changheng comes second).
Changheng and Danyin’s friendship. I was hoping they end up together but I guess they are really just friends. Plus Li Yuan’s big reveal about Danyin being a half Moon Tribe (which she never knows) and finding out Danyin and Jieli are sisters (they look so different from each other though – aren’t they supposed to be twins or something).
Evil Bad Guys. Show’s not complete without the villains. For the most part, the villain is Rong Hua/Lord of Haishi City who has been wreaking havoc across the realms to reincarnate his beloved mentor Chidi woman. I liked in the first half because although he is bad, you can sympathize with him and his mission of wanting to bring back his beloved at all costs. But I think what he did in the latter half was too much and the last episode spent a lot of time on him and Chidi woman was unnecessary. We want less Rong Hao, more Orchid/DFQC scenes and he just took most of the time away from the could have been a very happy ending.
I also think Lord Yunzhong is a big annoying immortal who keeps abusing his power and blaming every mistake to Changheng or Orchid.
There’s an even bigger baddie in Tai Sui which serves as the climax of the drama.
Of course, there’s no perfect drama and LBFD also suffered slightly from this. i already mentioned what I didn’t like – Shang Que and Danyin, too much screentime for Rong Hao in the last episode (we didn’t need to know his background story and we don’t really care). The last scene could have been extended for maybe 10 more minutes so we could have seen Orchid and DFQC happy and possibly with kids in the future. We didn’t get the best ending but I’ll just go back to that previous episode when they DFQC was in a dream that he and Orchid were happy and pretend like that’s the real ending.
This is showing in Netflix today so please do not miss this wonderful drama!