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  1. 3rd Place Winner - JangHaven's 2021 Most Anticipated Drama Jirisan (aka Mt. Jiri, Cliffhanger) Director: Lee Eung Bok Writer: Kim Eun Hee Broadcast: tVN, iQiYi Episodes: 16 Genre: Suspense, Mystery Main Cast: Ju Ji Hoon as Kang Hyun Jo, the best ranger at Mt. Jiri National Park Jun Ji Hyun as Seo Yi Gang, a rookie ranger at Mt. Jiri National Park, an ex-Army captain and military academy graduate Sung Dong Il as Jo Dae Jin, a Park official Oh Jung Se as Jung Goo Young, another park ranger Jirisan is the tallest mountain in South Korea, with many visitors to its stunning views. Kang Hyun Jo is a veteran ranger who is the best ranger in the park and knows every feature and crevice of it. Seo Yi Gang is a rookie park ranger. A former Army captain and a graduate of the military academy, he has a secret that he can't tell anyone. Kang Hyun Jo and Seo Yi Gang team up to save people in the park. The writer Kim Eun Hee is noted for having penned Kingdom and Signal. The director Lee Eung Bok is known for having directed Descendants of the Sun and Goblin. credits: Asianwiki.com, Forbes.com, mydramalist.com
  2. Those Who Read the Hearts of Evil 악의 마음을 읽는 자들 (working title) Story of criminal profilers who struggle day and night to read the minds of serial murderers. Kim Nam Gil is back for another heroic role as crime buster, in smoldering look and suits. While he was previously pegged as the fiery priest, Kim Nam Gil will take a new challenging character to become the mind reader of serial killers and high class criminals. Broadcasting Station : SBS Air date: Oct. 25,2021- Dec.14,2021 (tentative), Mon -Tue Director: Park Bo Ram Writer: Seol Yi Na
  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. 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
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  6. @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
  7. "Just like the viewers called Yun Hwa Pyung "Yun Peace" We hope that all the viewers find peace of mind in their hearts & souls. Again, thank you for watching." -Director Kim Hong Soon That was the note and ideation that the director of "Sohn:The Guest" wanted the audience to know. In today's review, we are going to dive in to the story of this fabulous piece. This series hits me hard, mainly because I have never wanted to watch this series. It was after a week of the airing, I have decided watched it, and I fell in love with it. Let's talk about that. Plot The story at first glance, it seems dark and scary. (It's definitely understandable that people would find this piece scary, but believe me. It's more than that.) On the outside, it is deem to be scary, but on the inside when you look at it, there are more than you imagined. A deeper glance to life's lessons and social situations that may relate one's life. One of the story that I would like to dive into, to give you an idea of what I have said... "What so hard about letting someone feel like they are welcomed and not shun them out like social outcasts?" Today we see the one that we love, we could see the pain that the person is going through at work, but they can't do anything about it. The only thing that that person could do, ruined both his and her life altogether. It's the power of rising after the fall that this episode had taught us dearly. Her man was bullied for his constant sweating, being dragged to the staircase by his colleagues as they reprimanded him to no end. He...He just couldn't take it. He sent a text to his wife who was having his child at the time of his death. His wife came back home only to see the sight of him, in the bathroom with blood-stained water coming out of it. She has contemplated of jumping over the edge from the building, that is when They came in. That they feeds on the negative emotions that one had. It's the anger, the darkness that desires. The morale of this chapter, tells us that we got to always stand up bright and strong and not give up. Love the people that we love, cherish them, be strong for yourself and them. Don't blame on others/you/ or anyone. Learn to forgive. (In which I too, am trying to learn and I hope you too as well) Overall, this series taught us the many strong principles in life. I can quote a few episodes, like the Child episode or the man who was paralyse down. There are many more, and it's up to you to uncover it. Though I recommend it, the only part that I felt that it could be better, it's the last episode...Had they made the final boss scenes a little longer with more actions like hunting down a victim of his anger, it would had been so much better. But, hey...I got what I wanted, I shouldn't complain about it. Plot - 9.5/10 Casting/Acting Now, I applaud the acting of all of the third main characters, I would say that I give them a 100% in acting, especially for the last episode of the series. Main takeaway from these three is that, you will notice that their acting gets more and more emotional after each episode. The three characters have their own arcs of emotions and they are very different as well. Yun Hwa Pyung (Kim Dong Wook) his arc starts out from being this forceful kid to a manly man who is willing to take what the evil wants upon himself to save other. Choi Yoon (Kim Jae Wook), he starts off cold but as the time goes by he starts to open up to the rest while getting cursed every episode to the point that he was vomiting blood and turning frail. Kang Kil Young(Jung En Chae), she honestly starts off as someone whom I really don't like, because she starts off as a very strong cop who blocks our main leads from achieve theirs goals. As the time goes by, we can see that she starts to soften up and become someone who actually cares for the leads. The cast members really acted well in this and I can see no one who can replace them. In no way did I felt out of touch from the characters, they really stand out and make everything very chilling when tricky situations are portrayed to them. Acting - 9/10 Production Value Let's be honest here, the production values in this is marvellous to the point where it really helps to boast the aesthetics of the story. The constant usage of blue and orange lighting (Occasionally green as well) really hits the spot for me. As it is not that bright, your eyes feels very comfortable, if you were to watch it at night. (Trust me, it's worth it!) Production Values - 8.5/10 Re-watch Value Can you believe it? After I was done with this series, I have not re-watched it? Even though I would love to re-watch this...But I can only re-watch this if I were to wash my brain off about who is the spirit possessing. Even though it's good, but sadly, if you know who that person is, it no longer bare the hype as to when you first saw it. I have to say, if you are okay with it, you can still watch it again, for all the characters! Re-watch Value - 8.5/10 If you ever choose to watch this, Hwa Pyung and Park Il Do will come by smiling saying thank you for watching!
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