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  1. THE RED SLEEVE CUFF Broadcast station: MBC Schedule: November 5 - December 25, 2021 / Friday-Saturday / 21:20 (KST) About the Show: Set in the 18th century, "The Red Sleeve Cuff" depicts a love story between King Jeongjo and royal concubine Uibin Sung. Sung Deok-Im is a court lady. She gets involved with Crown Prince Lee San and he falls in love with her. The crown prince eventually becomes King Jeongjo. He now desires Sung Deok-Im to become his concubine, but she refuses. Sung Deok-Im wants to live her life freely, something that will not be possible as a concubine. She also knows that life of a royal concubine does not generally bring about happiness. Yet, Sung Deok-Im becomes the concubine of King Jeongjo. (synopsis from AsianWiki) Genre: Historical, Drama
  2. I was pretty excited when Shin Hyun Been got casted alongside an established actress like Ko Hyung Jung. SHB has been getting a lot of attention ever since Hospital Playlist, and so it was nice to see her being offered this lead role. From what I understand the drama will have the women front & center in its plot. But my excitement definitely increased 10 fold when handsome Kim Jae Young was casted as the male lead. How interesting that this will be his second female-centric drama after Secret Boutique. Synopsis here by AsianWiki: Hee-Joo (Ko Hyun Jung) had a poor and fierce time during her youthful days. She is now a successful painter and essayist. Her husband is the successor of a hospital and they have two children. Her family life seems enviable, but Hee-Joo feels like she spends her time meaninglessly. At that time, Hee-Joo meets a woman. The woman is poor, just like Hee-Joo in her younger days, but she still shines. Oh my...do I smell affair, betrayal and revenge? For the record, this writer wrote Just Between Lovers ( Rain or Shine ) which was quite a hit then. I read it was a good melodrama , so I hope she does her magic here as well. Director: Im Hyun Wook Writer: Yoo Bo Ra Network: JTBC Episodes: 16 Release Date: 13 Oct 2021
  3. Penthouse 3 (aka The Penthouse: War in Life, Season 3) Director: Joo Dong Min Writer: Kim Soon Ok Broadcast Station: SBS Other Broadcast: Viki.com Episodes: 12 Broadcast Dates: June 4 - August 20, 2021 Penthouse tells the story of the super wealthy who live in Hera Palace, and their children who attend Cheong Ah Arts School. Focusing on three women (Shim Su Ryeon played by Lee Ji Ah, Cheon Seo Jin played by Kim So Yeon, and Oh Yoon Hee played by Eugene) and their families, this drama is described by one of our staff members @NiteWalker as one where "Everyone is sleeping with everyone else, and everyone is trying to kill everyone else." This drama is in its third season, picking up the story from the end of Season 2. It has every makjang kdrama trope including birth secrets galore, swapped identities, murders and murder attempts, bribery, blackmail, coercion, kidnapping, loan sharks, gangsters, etc., etc., etc! It's the very nature of the twists that are revealed that keep this drama engrossing for people who watch it. Plus, the acting talent is pretty unbelievable to deliver even when the plot lines are utterly preposterous. Trailer Link to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Penthouse:_War_in_Life Link to MyDramaList: https://mydramalist.com/681515-the-penthouse-season-3
  4. Once upon a time a hungry girl who happened to be at a seaside town met a budding young chef who was helping his mother with the cooking in her restaurant. He laid a feast in front of her and she was destined never to forget him. In fact, she considered him her “first love” and inspired her to become a chef to bring joy to others. On that occasion he encouraged her to come back because he would make her some chocolate balls but she never did because her family cut short their stay in that town and took off. Many many years later they meet again as adults in a city hospital. She (Ha Ji-won) is there after a recurring episode of a lifelong trauma experienced after being trapped under a collapsed shopping mall. She remembers her budding young chef who has now become a highly skilled neurosurgeon. Her curiosity is immediately aroused. He (Yoon Kye-sang), on the other hand, doesn’t remember her and seems to have undergone a complete personality transplant in the intervening years. In the well-laid tradition of SK melodrama, his life also took a turn for the worse after leaving his idyllic hometown and not long after losing his mother in tragic fashion. Living with his scheming chaebol, hospital-owning relatives has turned him into a quietly resentful, stoic doctor. Some time later they meet again. This time she has inconveniently just become his best friend’s girl while still harbouring strong feelings for her first love. What’s a girl to do? She does the best thing she can by everyone and breaks up with her first love’s best friend (Yoo Teo) and takes off to Spain. Of course she doesn’t give anyone the real reason but tells fibs about having met someone else, in effect carrying the can for the unforeseen mess that has resulted. With all these obstacles in the way, it begs the question as to how these two people so obviously fated to be together will overcome the baggage between them. There’s no denying that Chocolate ransacks the melodrama pantry with impunity: Unforgettable first love, orphaned children, past trauma, over-the-top chaebol family power struggles, misunderstandings due to noble idiocy etc etc. It’s almost relentless. All these elements would be immediately recognizable by seasoned viewers. Familiar though it seems, the haunting storytelling and the exquisite cinematography is what lifts the material beyond the burden of expectation. The locations are glorious to behold. Moreover, the use of tropes is largely the set-up for the meat of the story: The reality of impending death and how people of different ages and backgrounds find ways of processing mortality and loss. The leads are two wounded souls who continually find their way to each other despite various attempts to stay out of the other’s way. Theirs is a slow burn romance as they navigate all the obstacles from within and without to finally come full circle. The romance plays out poignantly within the backdrop of a regional hospice. For one reason or another the romantic leads, Cha-young, and Lee Kang end up working there. The location is gorgeous and serene. An ideal setting not just for a romance but also perhaps for anyone receiving palliative care and putting their house in order before making their exit from among the living. Once the key players finally find their way to the hospice, the show takes on a more slice-of-life approach. The best part of this show and its emotional core comes from the individual stories of those who spend their final days trying to deal with unfinished business. I often found myself tearing up when young and old say their goodbyes especially after hearing their all-too-human stories. This is the kind of thing that’s made K dramas of all stripes beloved around the world. In that vein, the leads would find themselves inadvertently entangled in the lives of the residents as they are forced to draw on their inner resources to give others comfort. Through this Cha-young and Kang both find their own healing. More importantly, Kang gradually begins to realise that Cha-young is far from being the callous woman he believed her to be. Both Ha Ji-won and Yoon Kye-sang do an excellent job of exploiting their chemistry and showing various stages of their attraction for each other. What the show does here which is not often discussed is certainly a conversation that needs to be had universally. Life is short, life is unpredictable, life is unfair and death comes to us all eventually. In some cultures it is even taboo to speak of death as it is believed to hasten its coming. But how individuals cross that threshold of death seems just as important as how they lived their lives prior. Cha-young often seems to be the picture of perfection. She’s a whiz in the kitchen and does her magic bringing what joy she can to the dying through her culinary delights. But she is the milk of human kindness and goes way beyond the call of duty in fulfilling the wishes of the residents and their loved ones. On top of that she puts up with Kang’s dismissive attitude towards her with grace. Some might accuse of being a Mary Sue. The show, it seems to me, makes the case that In such an environment, extraordinary, gifted men and women are needed accompany those to face their end. Her suffering and her own brush with death has given her clarity and empathy in that regard. However, all isn’t well in her world having also to care for her devil-may-care younger sibling who seems to be a millstone round her neck but as time progresses, he too has his uses. The Lee family power struggle is perhaps the least interesting aspect of the show except that it does provide some context to where Kang is at and his complex relationship with his cousin and rival Lee Jun (Jang Seung-jo). He too ends up at the hospice first to visit his first love and then later ends up doing community service there. Gradually the two of them come to a place of grudging respect for each other in the realisation that they were both pawns in the hands of their ambitious and manipulative grandmother. There’s very little to complain about in the acting department. Even the youngsters acquit themselves admirably. Except for the stereotypical Lee family members who seem to have stepped out of a makjang cartoon, most of the characters are relatable and their experiences drawn from a broad spectrum of the populace. Of course I shouldn't forget the about the food. No one should because one of the joys of spending time with Cha-young was watching her (mostly her) cooking up a storm. Some of my favourite and most memorable moments of the drama was watching her in the kitchen granting final wishes or paying tribute to those who have left. One of these days I hope to find a Korean restaurant in my town that makes sujebi. This is a drama that I cared a lot about when it aired. I thought a lot about it when I was watching it. I would even revisit portions of it afterwards. Even though it is centred around discussions of death, it made me think a lot about life. It’s a serious show for the most part but not so serious that it doesn’t take time out to laugh a little about everyday human foibles. Plot: 8 Storytelling: 9 Cast/Acting: 9.5 Production Values: 10 Rewatch Value: 7.5
  5. Miss Monte-Cristo 미스 몬테크리스토 Synopsis A suspenseful revenge drama about a woman whose life was destroyed by the friends she trusted most. After making up her mind to take revenge on those who betrayed her, she returns to reclaim the life that was stolen from her. (Source: Soompi) Drama: Miss Montecristo Country: South Korea Episodes: 100 Airs: Feb 15, 2021 - Jul 2, 2021 Airs On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Original Network: KBS2 Duration: 30 min. Trailer Source: Mydramalist & Soompi @abs-oluteM
  6. Man In Veil/ Secret Man 비밀의남자 About the Show: A man has the intelligence of a 7-year-old due to an accident. Han Yoo Jung is a woman with a bright and positive personality. She aspired to become an announcer, but her poor family background made her give up on her dream. She now works hard to support her family. She also lives in atonement for her fraternal twin sister's wrongdoings. (Source: Asianwiki) @abs-oluteM Cast & Characters Trailer & OST Review Ratings
  7. Goddess of Revenge Director: Kang Min Goo Writer: Kim Hyo Jin Episodes: 16 Original Broadcaster: TV Chosun Main Cast: Kim Sa Rang - Kang Hae Ra Yoon Hyun Min - Cha Min Joon Goddess of Revenge has a slightly slow start, but is ultimately a fun and satisfying watch. It details how a team of people come together to get revenge for the underdogs against those who would abuse them. Their method is to film the abusers in the act of doing something abusive and/or illegal and live streaming it to the internet, bracketed by commentary from Kang Hae Ra who details what is going on and what the viewers are watching. The drama has both episodic revenge cases as well as an overarching story. The Set Up Kang Hae Ra is a woman who seems to have everything going for her. She is an ex-reporter turned internet influencer who is married to a successful and popular news anchor and has an adorable son. She has just published her autobiography which is well-received, and is in talks to host her own variety show on broadcast tv. However, we see immediately that her husband hits her, leaving bruises to cover with makeup. She also runs into a mysterious young man Kim Hyun Sung who says that he is a rookie reporter though he doesn’t have a job yet who looks up to her as his role model. After his initial approach, she keeps running into the young man, first on the subway when she catches her heel on the escalator, and then at her book signing event. He has brought her some shoes since he didn’t think that she would have had time to fix her shoes yet. He asks her to buy her some dinner and they have a drink. KHR wakes up in a strange hotel to find out that her world has crumbled and she is caught up in a scandal with the young reporter, though she has no memory of it. Her husband disavows her, cuts off her credit cards, and ends up divorcing her. Her publisher is suing her for her books which are being returned for refunds. Her agency takes her money to cover her losses. She turns to a detective Goo Eun Hye who finds out that the scheme was dreamed up by her husband to discredit KHR so that he can divorce her without giving her anything and because she dared to slap him back the last time he hit her, while he has an affair with Kim Tae On, the president of FB Life Insurance. She ultimately gets revenge on her husband by exposing his adultery via live streaming a sex session between him and his lover onto an online channel that she calls Kang Hae Ra’s Revenge Channel, along with a video of the young guy who had been paid to set her up admitting he had done so. Cha Min Joon is a lawyer who works for wealthy scum bags. The first case we see him take on is to defend a corporate executive who has been sued for sexual assault by his secretary. He defends his client successfully, managing to make the woman look like an opportunist who entered a consenting arrangement, but then wanted more money. Afterwards, MJ has his assistant Choi Do Yoon drop a bag of money to the plaintiff’s house after the case. CMJ is also looking for his sister who had been a reporter and went missing several years ago. He has gotten the notion that KHR had a part in his sister’s troubles and disappearance. CMJ gets closer to KHR, and asks her to continue her revenge channel on behalf of clients that he’ll send her. CMJ is not doing it out of benevolence so much as he expects to be able to use KHR to go after the other people that he suspects has something to do with his sister’s disappearance. After struggling with her reasons for wanting to do the Revenge Channel, namely because she’s finding it hard to find a job, rather than because she really wants to right people’s wrongs, KHR decides to go for it. These cases provide the episodic cases. The overarching plot line has to do with CMJ’s sister Cha Mi Yeon and KHR’s son Ga On, plus the machinations of the family who owns FB Group, including the Chairman and Kim Tae On who is the heir apparent. Kang Hae Ra’s Revenge Team Members Kang Hae Ra Cha Min Joon Goo Eun Hye - a private detective who becomes a friend to KHR Choi Do Yoon - CMJ’s assistant, who also wants revenge against FB Group and Kang Hae Ra Kim Hyun Sung - Despite his early involvement in setting up KHR’s scandal, he decides that he really does want to be like KHR and begs to join her. He develops a crush on Goo Eun Hye. Commentary A lot of the fun in this drama is in seeing how KHR is actually a smart and determined person who is not afraid to take some risks in order to carry out her revenges. She is also tech savvy and very aware of how to live stream and how to frame it for maximum effect to gain audiences to watch her livestreams. She’s not one to take anything lying down. She is not a Candy who only thinks of others and allows herself to be abused and taken advantage of. Even as a youngster, she reported the boss of her part-time job for sexual assault when he thought that lending her money meant that she had to let him have his way with her. It makes it a bit of an initial mystery as to why she stayed in an abusive marriage, but we learn why soon enough. This drama also supposes that there are a lot of people who have consciences, aside from the wealthy and powerful, of course, for whom nothing matters then their own positions and gains. These people are as interested in getting justice, if shown that there is a way to do it. CMJ and KHR also have an interesting relationship. There isn’t any overt romance on their parts, however, over time, it’s clear to see that they grow to care for each other. It's especially fun to watch CMJ's evolution who starts with one idea of who KHR is and planning to get revenge on her, only to discover for himself that he was under misconceptions as he sees how caring and determined she really is. Family dynamics play a large part in this drama though. The clear affection and closeness between CMJ and his sister before her disappearance, the unstinting love and affection between KHR and her son GO, as well as the love and support between Goo Eun Hye and her father. The dysfunction that is the FB Group is also displayed. And, there is a rather satisfying scene where the Chairman refuses to give evidence against his daughter who tried to kill him even thought she’s a danger to others because she’s the only one who can take over the FB Group until he can recover enough to take it back from her, only to then have that daughter try to kill him yet again and nearly succeed. The first 3 episodes of this drama is mostly set up, and I have to admit that after the initial 2 episodes, I took a break, which I now regret. I picked it back up in the middle of its run, and it became one of my 2 favorite dramas to watch, both airing on weekends. (The other one was Uncanny Counter.) In general, I think this drama did a good job of mixing humor in with the darker themes of injustice, and the relationships between and amongst the Revenge Team, especially as it evolves into them becoming more of a family than co-workers, makes it ultimately a worthwhile watch. The revenges are also handled in fun ways, though after the first couple of them, you start expecting it. In some ways, it reminds me of a similar dynamic as to the interviews that Ali G did with politicians. After awhile, you start wondering why the politicians didn’t get smarter about granting Ali G access. In this drama, though, the abusers all thought highly of themselves while thinking HR was just a weak woman with no power. Until she shows them the power of public opinion generated by a livestream of their own misdeeds. I loved this drama and is definitely worth a re-watch. The acting is solid all the way around, the villains being thoroughly reprehensible and the good guys having complex character arcs. And, the revenges are actually fun to watch. Ratings: Plot/Story 9 Cast/Acting 9 Production Value 8 Rewatch Value 9 Overall 9
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  10. Broadcast : Channel A Schedule : September 4, 2020- October 24, 2020 Aired on: Friday & Saturday 2150 Country: South Korea Language: Korean Ji Eun-Soo ( LEe Yu-Ri is a daughter-in-law of a powerful Chaebol family. She suddenly becomes a murderer, who killed her husband. After she is released from prison, she tries to get her daughter back. She approaches Kang Ji-Min ( Yeon Jeong-Hun), who adopted her daughter. He is a cool as ice reporter. Ji Sun-Soo Pretends to fall in love with him and attempts to marry him to become the stepmother of her daughter. Source ( AsianWiki) & ( MyDramalist) @abs-oluteM Basic Information OST Behind The Scenes Official Trailer OST
  11. My Country: The New Age Hangul Title: 나의 나라 Director: Kim Jin Won Writer: Chae Seung Dae Broadcast: October 4 - November 23, 2019 Episodes: 16 Casts Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi Woo Do Hwan as Nam Seon Ho Seol Hyun as Han Hui Jae Jang Hyuk as Yi Bang Won Ahn Nae Sang as Nam Jeon Kim Young Chul as Yi Seong Gye Plot Summary Review / Thoughts The cinematography and direction are pretty good amongst the sageuk I've seen. Yang Se Jong's character was one of the saddest I know in kdrama land. He's never had any break, always on the go, getting beaten up, trampled on and even poisoned. This thus makes Hwi's characterisation less interesting. While Woo Do Hwan's was much more compelling because of the emotional turmoil and inner conflicts he has with his ambition, Hwi and his father. All the while I thought Seon Ho would turn evil and betray Hwi (which he sort of did but with good reasons) like how other sageuk dramas would, but Seon Ho is not cold-hearted like his father. Due to his soft heart towards the Seo siblings, Seon Ho always found himself at the cross road. -- Spoiler -- Now, what I dislike, is the execution for the ending for Hwi and Seon Ho. What I do like is in the final scene for Yi Bang Won. He sits at the throne giving out a dry laugh, tears flowing out of his eye as he comforts himself he did well. The "he/you did well" had a deeper meaning to it in the story too. The scene rightfully conveyed the resignation of a king who sacrifices everything for power. From then onwards, Yi Bang Won became the loneliest person in the world—however this is his "Dae Yi". He therefore had to endure. It's what he owes to Hwi. It was a joy watching the sparks between the young rising actors Se Jong, Do Hwan acting against veterans Jang Hyuk and Ahn Nae Sang. Although I wasn't satisfied with some of the story-telling and sad ending, I really do enjoy the acting performances. There were some very memorable scenes that showcase their stellar performances. I particularly love the tension between Se Jong and Ahn Nae Sang's scenes. There was one scene that even Ahn Nae Sang later revealed he got a little scared because Se Jong was so immersed in his emotion that he told Nae Sang he really wanted to cut his neck, LOL! Another scene I really liked was when Jang Hyuk tells Nae Sang, Se Jong is under his protection. I find that scene very powerful. Overall I find the story insufficient in the depiction of Hwi and Seon Ho's characterisation, especially Hwi. And I was also disappointed that Hwi, being the mastermind, was not utilised well into the story-telling for the Strife of the Princes. My fave of this story though had to be Hwi and Seon Ho's friendship/bromance. There is also a little bit of romance between Yang Se Jong and Seol Hyun but it is not the main focus of the story and because of that it is not developed well. Jang Hyuk's portrayal of Yi Bang Won is awesome, and very different to the Yi Bang Won in Six Flying Dragons. While Six Flying Dragons glorified the Yi clan, this show portrayed them to be blood thirsty, ambitious political and conniving. Plot/Story: 8.5 Cast/Acting: 9 Production values: 8 Re-Watch value: 7 (I would re-watch certain scenes but to watch it all in full is hard due to the heavy content) Overall value: 8
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  13. @bluepebbles : Yay Flower of Evil finally ended! @Darkarcana and me decided to have a joint review of this fantastic drama. The final episode was a roller coaster ride, just like the previous ones. I felt the void after the last frame was shown with a lovely DoCha wedding photo. @Darkarcana : Oh yeah! Wahhhh I can't believe this. All these waiting and watching, we finally have come to the end of this wonderful chapter between our lovely couple and of course, let's not forget...Their little bundle of joy that is Eun Ha! @bluepebbles : Flower Evil was regarded as a critical and commercial success, with an impressive ratings of 5.7 % on episode 16. Netizens both local and international scene demand for another rerun , a bluray dvd and have it streamed thru the video platform giant Netflix. Thanks for the show, I spent a wonderful quarter of interesting stories , including behind the scenes which made the drama a very fulfilling escape from our recent global pandemic. If you have loved a person for 14 years, and married to him then later on after a death defying incident you will discover that he is hiding under a fake identity, what will you do? @Darkarcana : @bluepebbles Honestly though, if you ask me, I would probably want to do what Hyun Su did in Ep 15. *Pwahahaha* Just kidding! But I know that this is the main topic that was said in this series, but have you ever thought that all these time, who is the one that is probably hurting as much as her? Eun Ha. @bluepebbles : He owes Eunha those eggtarts kept at Moojin's friidge . He needs a lot of explaining to do. Specially the change of Eunha's surname .I have been contemplating on this question the moment the first casting news was announced in January. In real life situation this is incomprehensible. I won’t be able to survive emotionally if I will have the same predicament as Ji Won, apart from the fact that the person you thought you knew so well is a serial killing suspect. @Darkarcana : For me, I personally felt the pain for Eun Ha, because she is a kid. She is still at the age whereby she is still dependent on her parents, so honestly it will hurt a lot to see her having no father or worst, a mother arresting her own father. Imagine how that feels? Or maybe because to me, she is a bundle of joy that would make me smile every time! SHE IS THE CUTEST LITTLE BEAN! I can't help but to poke her cheeks omgggg...*Cough!*...Anyways...I just don't want to see her cry....carry on... @bluepebbles: Flower of Evil did not disappoint being 80 % Melo-20% suspense. This was the overall impression I felt after concluding the 16-episode drama. The orchestrated events from start to finish was exquisitely done, like there’s a blueprint laid by the writer for the director to execute. The flashbacks highlighting how the love story of Hyunsoo and Jiwon created a motif on the overall theme of the drama—Flower of Evil is about love and truth. I personally feared of the writer’s amnesia card to be used as a device plot on the ending. @Darkarcana was even the sole Haveninite who voted for it . But then , while it is a hackneyed resolution to Hyun Soo and Ji Won ‘s struggles, it actually make sense. @Darkarcana : First time I got it right! Hohoho! Funny enough, unpopular opinion, but I would rather he forget his pain and suffering and start anew rather than carrying on with the pain. @bluepebbles : I agree. The rebirth of Hyun Soo is what we are waiting for. The story telling was not laid in just one blow of series of events because of two aspects—the mask of suspense that we need to unravel and the mirroring scenes that served as clues during the entire run. For example, when Hyun Soo confessed about the meaning of the shop’s name “When the Morning Star Rests”, it brought me back to episode one when Hyunsoo’s works were panned one by one. Also, in episode 2, when there was a parallel scene of the female suspect talking about the stars. It may feel ‘rushed’ on the ending of the show with only a few minutes of the reunion of the Do Family. But realization hit me when I listened to the track “You and Me Under Flowers and Snow”. Every flashback of their love story, this track is being played. From the time Hyun Soo heard Ji Won’s confession of “I will be good to you” , to the moment both have heard Eunha’s first cry or from the time Ji Won promised she will be good to Hyunsoo to the time he promised they will do the wedding again. I felt a lingering feeling if Hyun Soo will gradually remembers those beautiful , painful memories he had with Jiwon and Eunha. Every episode we saw will come back to him like walking in a path of memory lane. I appreciated how each arc underscored the process of discovery of how love wins despite the painful , cruel past. @Darkarcana : I am sure he will remember it slowly. If he has a passion to figure it out, then he will figure it out. All he have now are the best people that will help him as he take his time to figure things out. @bluepebbles: How time had became an essential part of the DoCha journey: * First arc-when Ji Won gave Hyunsoo a Heesong engraved watch, a symbol of time spent of love with deceit for 14 years (Episode 1-5) * Second Arc- when Hyunsoo lost the watch while protecting Ji Won , at the same time Ji Won sheds off that deceit when she discovered about Hyun Soo. She replaced that watch with GPS on it,a symbol of trust and betrayal because she no longer trust her husband (Episode 6-10) * Final Arc- when Hyunsoo keeps the watch even if he knew that it has GPS on it. However in order to protect Jiwon, he gave up that watch – a symbol of giving up and redemption. Hyun Soo may have lost 14 years of memories, however because of this ,he was given a time to claim them back again into his life. @Darkarcana : You know, since we are on the topic of the OSTs now, can I tell you that this series's OSTs hits me like a truck, from Psycho to In my heart and this. I love the songs as it give us the very heartfelt feeling. I especially recommend In My Heart, 100% recommend listening to it as you think about episode 15. It hits like a truck and or if you want to have a good cry, this is the song to go for. Psycho works well, when you are going for a workout. Feel You fits whenever you are feeling gloomy. Overall, would tell you that these OSTs are a gem! @bluepebbles : Definitely the OST will rock my playlist for a while, it really have the awesome tracks. It only have three songs but the message was delivered well. It made me remember the drama more. 'Feel You' always tug my heartstrings as this was used during the first cry of Hyunsoo. Not to discount how the musical scorings added the thematic effect of the storytelling. While there had been challenges on the production process of the show, the overall material is satisfying, gripping, lingering. There had been minor concerns on the medical aspect of Heesung’s comatose or Hyun Soo’s health diagnosis, but the acting, directing and storyline make up for it. Flower of Evil created a suspense-melo genre, thanks to powerhouse caliber performance of the entire ensemble which effectively navigated by director Kim Chul Gyu. A worthy of rewatch. @bluepebbles Ratings: 1. Plot / story - 9/10 2. Cast / acting- 10/10 3.Production value(aesthetics/OST/cinematography) - 9/10 4. Re-watch value - 9/10 @Darkarcana Ratings: 1. Plot / story - 8.5/10 2. Cast / acting- 10/10 3.Production value(aesthetics/OST/cinematography) - 9.5/10 4. Re-watch value - 8/10
  14. This is one of those shows that I caught some time after its original run. I’ve liked Ji Chang-work as an actor since Healer but for one reason or another his drama choices haven’t always aligned with my interests or the timing hasn’t been right for viewing. I was also leery of getting on board with K2 for some time because I had read rather mixed reviews from around the web. So I was surprised, especially once I got past the first episode, by how much I actually enjoyed it overall. No doubt it has its flaws (nutty stuff happens) but as far as makjangs go, it's a slick piece of work. The premise of the show falls along these lines: A soldier of fortune while working in Iraq not only loses the woman he loves but is later framed for her death. He does a runner and eventually returns to South Korea a fugitive. Not long after he arrives home he becomes embroiled with the head of a prestigious security company and her politician husband. After a series of encounters, he agrees to becoming a key member of her security detail in exchange for information that could help him clear his name. It’s not a bad show. Quite good for the most part, in fact. There are even flashes of brilliance sprinkled about particularly in the first half. What seemed particularly enjoyable to me was the political theatre on display for public consumption and the behind-the-scenes wrangling that flew in the face of what the rest of the world was allowed to see. All of that was masterfully written and performed by seasoned veterans of the screen. In the most tangible ways, the machiavellian seniors dominate the story’s landscape with their machinations and under the table shenanigans. Their world is their playground to do what they will, consequences be damned. But nothing good lasts forever even for powerful baddies when in walks Kim Je-ha (Ji Chang-wook), the former mercenary who inadvertently upsets the good o'l applecart. An argument perhaps can be made that the show is limited by its needs to stay true to its fairytale template. Choi Yoo-jin (Song Yoon-a) the CEO of JJS Security is a somewhat sympathetic even if dubious Maleficent figure with her state of the art AI, Mirror. Je-ha is the princely figure who is called upon to slay not one but several dragons to protect the innocent and vulnerable Anna (Yoona) who has been kept imprisoned by stepmother Yoo-jin, in the manner of many Brothers Grimm heroines since her own mother's untimely death. Her largely ineffectual father, Jang Se-joon (Cho Seong-ha) intentionally tethers himself to his wife's apron strings as his keeps his eye on the Blue House. Anna's survival is possible because of a pact between Se-joon and Yoo-jin who have a love-hate relationship kept hidden from public view. Still, The K2 is unabashedly a moralizing screed of the old adage... power corrupts... absolute power corrupts absolutely. The role of the eponymous protagonist is to cut through the facade and expose the rot festering within the unhappy marriage between Big Business and Big Government as personified in the sham union between Se-joon and Yoo-jin. Only Je-ha can do this because he is above the fray, untouched by the machinations and ultimately incorruptible. Rather than good vs evil, it is all about love triumphing over corruption. It's not all serious. There's humour to be enjoyed mainly from the support acts especially from Je-ha's colleagues at JJS Security. They first regard him with a mix of suspicion and over admiration (from one female in particular) but come to appreciate his professionalism and authenticity over time. The cast ranges from stellar to adequate. There's no doubt that Song Yoon-a gave a superb performance as the multifaceted, fleshed out powerbroker who craves genuine affection but because of upbringing and other circumstances, defaults to wielding power for self-preservation and empire building. The thing about amassing raw power though is that over time it does something horrifying to the soul. It's clear that the intrusion of Je-ha into her consciousness has a powerful effect on her. He brings an authenticity that is unfamiliar in much of her interactions. In other words, he works his charm. Although the role is no great stretch for Ji Chang-wook, he has fun with it and is wonderful in the action scenes. K2 is a veritable bulwark like his mountainous namesake. Immutable and unshakeable. An unblemished archetype of the Hero. Yoona is adequate as the simple-minded Anna. I don't object to her or their romance or their chemistry in the way others have. It was inoffensively cute. I imagine after leading a cloistered existence, one is ill-equipped to deal with the big bad ugly world out there. In her, Je-ha finds someone else after the manner of his lost love that he can protect and love. Much as I admired Song Yoon-a's performance, I didn't fall in love with Yoo-jin even while she did elicit some sympathy for being unloved. She always had agency and ability which she quite cruelly denied her own stepdaughter. She played in that world like the best of them and built her empire with soiled hands. The skilled manipulator made her bed and slept in it. For a while there she was the queen of her domain. Will I watch it again? I re-watched large portions of it when I stumbled across it on Netflix. It's hard to say. Perhaps on a rainy day when the mood calls for it. It also depends on whether one has a penchant for action adventure political theatre littered with fairytale archetypes. Plot: 8 Storytelling: 9 Cast / Acting: 8.5 Production Values: 9 Rewatch Value: 7.5
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