Might contain a bit of spoilersI watched it all and enjoyed everything in this series they did a wonderful job sure there were places which needed improvement but overall it was good definitely recommend to watch it they literally showed how this bl industry works giving us a insight of how things are done and hope after watching this series these fans will understand to separate between reality and fiction and will not push there obsession with actors on them by making it difficult for them they also showed the family bond they trying to understand the kids
Tough viewing. But view it you must.Short: A romance story draped over the utterly horrific real life events around May 11th 1980 in Gwangju. This is not the Korea you know and love today, they are the people you know and love, in one of Korea's many terrible times. This is not a happy story. Watch this when you want food for the soul, not when you want a lift. Google "Gwangju Uprising" to start learning more about the real events going on in this story.
May 11th 1980 was a terrible day in Gwangju, though it was just the pinnacle of the terrible days leading up to it. In this story you have two people in very different walks of life. The Male Lead is in a rich privileged family, he's well educated and successful and enjoying starting university in Seoul. The Female Lead is the opposite, a poor family whose name is disgraced by a father accused of being a traitor. Their paths cross when the female lead's friend, the daughter of a rich businessman, pleads with her to go in her place to a blind date while she goes to organise and participate in demonstrations and protests against the government. Of course the blind date is the male lead.
The story has some lovely warm moments in it, the romance the blossoms between the couple of lovely, and there's clear chemistry between them. It also has some really tough moments in it as well, so I'm going to flag this one up with a caution that you shouldn't watch this if it's a nice romance to boost your mood that you seek - while this has a lovely romance, it is not a happy story and I do not want to sugar coat that in the slightest.
I like that most of the cast are relatively unknown, they've been in other dramas but they're not "A-listers" - this drama gives a superb opportunity for these brilliantly talented actors to show their skill and they deliver in abundance.
I marked the music on this one down a bit - honestly, for no other reason than it was utterly drowned out by the intense emotions flying around throughout. I can't remember any of it, but I think that speaks more to being immersed in the story than anything wrong with the music necessarily. Let's say it was "just right", because I think anything more may well have interfered.
I strongly recommend to spend some time reading up on the real events depicted in this drama, it's horrifying to think that this is not some 1500's historical drama, it's in the 1980's, which is only 40 years ago.
I absolutely recommend this drama, but only when you're in the right frame of mind for it.
Overall AmazingGreat plot and plot twists. The theme song fits very well and is very good. The acting is amazing with amazing graphics. I liked most the part with Ye Yuan’an turning into a blue bat/vampire. The actors and actresses did an amazing job as mostly everyone is hating on Ming Hui. This drama made me emotional and almost cry in every episode, which had not happened in any other drama. I am very impressed with how well made this was. Even if many don’t agree, this drama is worth rewatching. I really have to praise this drama as it also brought out many emotions. The only thing that confused me was the time traveling, but that might just be me. I really get confused when time traveling was involved. This drama brought a lot of plot twists which we the watchers didn’t expect, but made the story even more interesting. I also found myself crying because of Mu Le and Ye Yuan’an and I, like many of the watchers just hate it when she kept trying to push Mu Le away. My heart hurt at the end of the drama, but at least somebody gave me an explanation. Although I really wished that Mu Le didn’t have to die or that history wasn’t a never ending loop, the whole plot was interesting and kept me wanting more. P.S. the costumes are amazing, everyone looked gorgeous.
A Wonderful Non-BLthat is BLI do not care what anyone else wrote about this series, but it is a very good love story. No, not in the BL sense of the word, but it brought love into the forefront of this amazingly good narrative about mental illness and compassion. It is quite a beautiful journey in which there parts that made me cry and at other times, made me bust out laughing. It is one of the most human stories out there and show how deeply you can love someone in other ways besides physically. I know that sounds odd but it is a deeply intense series and I for one appreciated its message of companionship, friendship, understanding, and yes love. I hope people watch it,
But can understand why they would not The production is just awful. Disjointed and poor editing. PLEASE, PLEASE do something about translating these series into English with some sophistication. It was just awful. In one case, they had a translation that was not for that episode. I get that these series are not perhaps made for English speaking countries, but if you want to widen the audience, do SOMETHING about making the translations better. These series and actors are so good but it is cheapened by bad translations. I for one deeply appreciate the efforts that are being done in this genre. God, knows, the USA will not likely ever get on board of doing these kinds of series. (Ok, Love Victor, as one exception).
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Need a good cry? A good cathartic show.Several other great reviews to explain how phenomenal show is. So I'll cut to the chase.
You will cry, some episodes more than others, some less than others. But at least once, you'll cry. Because this show emphasizes closure, you won'tusually leave an episode empty. Sometimes, you'll hope that certain situations were more fleshed out or a happier outcome, but like all things in life, it's acceptance of instances that are out of our hands. That's what this show gives: understanding that death is a normal part of life and that, though it's sad, people will carry the memory of the deceased and life must move on.
My only reason for the 9.0 rating instead of the 10.0 on the storyline was the ending. I know it was meant for a potential second season; however, this 10-ep series would've been enough. I feel like any overarching conflicts, aside from the ML's personal one with a certain deceased from the beginning, would stray from the theme of this series. However, everything else was fantastic.
Definitely will rewatch. Recommend it highly.
Revenge drama with many sweet momentsI started the drama with low expectations because I love the old version. I rewatch the old one few times. For this drama The plot revenge is not complicated much tho it's still okay. And I like that sometimes the good guys win and sometimes the bad guys win. I hate when revenge drama only show the bad guys keep winning.
The acting is a bit lacking compared to the old one. But we can't actually compare the acting between these 2 dramas because the old one has some of best actors in lakorn land. So the actors of this drama actually did a great job. I hope to see the lead in other drama.
I give high rating because it has so many sweet and romantic moments. I think this is the sweetest drama with contract marriage. The leads chemistry is amazing. The lead couple has communication problems at certain situations but they still remain together and enjoy their moments together because they want to feel the happiness. As someone who likes the old Rahut Rissaya, I would say I like this remake more. One of the best remake lakorn I've ever watched. I totally gonna rewatch this
A beautiful but heartbreaking historical drama.I really like watching “The King’s Face”, a historical drama based on the actual historical figure and life of Prince GwangHae that became King GwangHae (1608-1623). “The King’s Face” has romance, palace intrigues and political issues interwoven that make the story is so engaging and entertaining. The actor Seo In Guk and actress Jo Yoon Hee are both so attractive and fun to watch in portraying teenage Prince GwangHae and Kim Ga Hee. Both make the beginning of the story so interesting, and their interpretation of adolescent compassionate Prince Gwanghae and tomboy Kim Ga Hee, is so convincing and makes the story fascinating.
I notice Crown Prince Gwanghae becomes a man during Imjin War and actor Seo In Guk’s performance grows into his character as well. The story is getting sadder and sadder as King Seon Jo is so envious of his son, Crown Prince GwangHae, that has a King’s Face. To make the matter worse for Prince GwangHae, Professor Go San, the palace physiognomy, advice King Seon Jo to take Kim Ga Hee as his concubine to improve King Seon Jo’s facial characteristics and become a sage king. It is truly a heart wrenching moment watching the episode when Crown Prince GwangHae realizes it for the first time that Kim Ga Hee is King Seon Jo’s Court Lady.
There is an ambitiously smart but vile character in the story, Physiognomist Kim Do Chi, that uses his physiognomy skills to fulfill his dream to capture the throne. The actor, Shin Sung Rok, portrays Kim Do Chi convincingly and accomplishes as the most hateful character. The sword fight between Kim Do Chi and Crown Prince GwangHae is a beautiful choreography.
I cannot get enough of Eunuch Song, his character works as a catalyst between the King and his Crown Prince. Eunuch Song’s appearance always makes the story less sad as the character’s word of wisdom are a soothing. Actress Kim Gyu Ri that plays as Concubine Gwi In Kim is worth mentioning, her portrayal as a driven Concubine to seat her son, Prince Shin Sung, to become Crown Prince is compelling indeed.
“The King’s Face” is a beautiful but poignant story. It is not a love-dovey K-drama series, but a historical political story. I wish “The King’s Face” would not have an open ending story that ends in episode 23. I would give a ten-out-of-ten for the story, acting, and the original soundtracks. I love the ballad songs and their music that continuously enhancing the scenes in the series. It is worthy to watch and re-watch. The film scenography is beautiful especially the one in the reed field when Prince GwangHae is running after Kim Ga Hee. Whenever Prince/Crown Prince GwangHae embraces Kim Ga Hee, I do not want the scene to end. It is so heartwarming and heart wrenching scene on the same time.
Complete lack of chemistry between the leads spoils this one.I took a chance on Fix You solely because it had Jung So Min in the lead and although I was ultimately disappointed with the drama, it wasn’t because of her. Jung So Min can play beautiful, shy and vulnerable with the best of them, but in this part she was also asked to express the anger and rage of someone in need of serious clinical help. It was shocking to watch in places, but she inhabited the character so completely that it was utterly believable (at least until the final few episodes, during which the script had Woo Joo somehow heal herself and get her life back together). Jung So min was lovely as usual, but goodness the poor girl is rail thin. I’ve never commented about this before, but it really concerned me as I watched her performance. I can only imagine what kind of starvation diet these poor actresses must live under and as I watched the show, my heart ached as much for her as an actress and person as it did for her character’s personal struggles. Her hair and wardrobe almost seemed designed to hide her frail frame, but I have to say it worked. Her long wavy red locks were mesmerizing, and her quirky wardrobe with its long billowy dresses fit her personality wonderfully (although it was a tad hard to swallow that a struggling artist could afford those clothes and that apartment).
So what was the source of my disappointment with Soul Mechanic (“Fix You” on Viki)? Well, for starters there was absolutely no chemistry between the lead characters Han Woo Joo (Jung So Min) and Lee Shi Joon (Shin Ha Kyun), which for a romantic comedy pretty much kills it. As I watched I couldn’t tell if the problem was with the actors, their characters, or the script. It just wasn’t there. Part of it could have been the cringey doctor patient relationship that the script tried to lamely explain away toward at one point. Part of it could have been that--even by kdrama standards—the romance between Woo Joo and Dr. Lee was incredibly tame (lame?), almost entirely platonic in nature. And part of it could have been the age difference between the actors Shin Ha Kyun and Jung So Min (15 years). They just didn’t look good together. Speaking of age gap, I found it hard to swallow that Dr. Lee’s Dad was actually old enough to be his Dad. The two actors differ in age by 17 years, but they looked more like brothers. It was jarring and really affected the credibility of the story.
This is a weird show. It’s good in places, but ultimately unsatisfying. Fans of Jung So Min will see something they haven’t seen before, but some of it is not pretty to watch. Others will want to skip this one altogether.
Entertaining at Least ...Don't go into this BL with many expectations, if any at all. This series served as a decent watch and was at least somewhat entertaining due to the cast's cuteness, but that's about all they had going for them. I want to be easy on this review, seeing as this was a brand new group of actors, some of which this was their first BL and series ever. But, even with that, I can't help but deter the stiffness and staleness that was this series.
Let's Dive In.
Before we can even get into the actual plot, let's talk about those cut scenes and those disturbing panels. I need to know who thought it was a good idea to have the boys be shirtless?? It left me highly uncomfortable, and I felt like I was in a very awkward position. Why couldn't they just be in their regular school clothes? What about them being shirtless helped the series in any way (especially since none of them were chiseled or anything of the sort. They just had ordinary bodies, so what was the point)? It's a small problem that I had that didn't affect me too much, but I genuinely cringed each time.
Let's get into the plot that was basically nothing at all. It was super cliche, super cheesy, and super repetitive. how many times did somebody need to fall for Chol, and just how many times did we need to see Prab get jealous? Once would have been plenty. This series didn't need 13 episodes AT ALL. If they would've gotten rid of half the repeated drama and maybe some very unnecessary characters, then we could've ended it at episode 10 (and maybe even less). All the conflicts were frivolous and stupid. Chol needed to go to the hospital over a sprained ankle? Did two dudes need to be there to take care of him? And what about Chol getting hit in the head with a soccer ball, did everyone and their momma need to rush over and freak out like he had a heart attack? I understand that they needed something to drive this non-existent plot, but the amount of insubstantial conflict we had was ridiculous. Let get into the unnecessary plots. There was no need for them to have Chol's dad get hurt. It didn't do anything, it didn't drive the plot, and they could've had Prab's mom accidentally let slip that her and Chol's dad went to university over dinner or something. All these plots left some episodes feeling dragged out and boring. If anything, I could've skipped episodes 3-7 and still been able to keep up with the plot (cause, once again, it was nothing).
Let's get into the acting. Now, I don't want to be too harsh on these boys since they seemed pretty new, but holy hell, what the actual freak was that? I can't tell you the number of times I cringed at these boys on screen. Each actor was stiff and stale as hell. Phu (Chol) was the main lead and he only had one emotion; nothing. He kept a straight face the entire series. At some points, I was wondering if the actor himself was questioning why he was on this series, cause he didn't look like he wanted to be there at all. Folk (Prab) was a bit better, but no much. There's nothing you can really do when you're working with others that just don't have much talent. The other actors aren't listed on MDL for whatever reason, but Maping and those twins were on the top of the "how were they hired?" list. I also think some of this could have been due to these very unpleasant and long pauses. There were too many times that the characters were just staring and smiling at each other that left this very uneasy feeling in the air. I thought they might have forgotten a line and were doing something to just kill time. Whatever it was, it was awkward and it created tense feelings. Had they had hired some better actors, I believe that this series could've been rather decent than just meh ( I will give props to Kaow, Khun, the dad, and the mom who were on the better side of acting. Other not listed weren't good, but they weren't the worst either (mediocre?)).
I think one reason why this series also didn't work was because of the terrible subtitles. Now, I know this show wasn't made for my intended audience, but good Lord Jesus, those subtitles had to be the worst I have ever seen. I had watched on Dramacool at first, so I thought it was just whoever had done those subtitles but come to find out, that's just how they were cause I switched to Line TV and it wasn't any better. Because of me trying to decipher what the subtitles were saying, I missed key problems and conflicts (for example, I didn't realize Chol was talking to a secret admirer until Tri exposed himself. I had thought it was Prab the entire time since he had a frog on his bag and I tried to make connections there. whoops).
This series was slow-burn as hell. Now, I love me a good slow burn, but this was just ridiculous. How come it takes 13 episodes for the leads to get together? Once again, it was dragged on and elongated for no reason at all. All that unnecessary obstacles in the leads way were just so unimportant and not eventual. Chol and Prab were...meh. For one, they were step-brothers, so right off the bat, it's hella weird. Chol had no emotions, and Prab was a bit pervasive at times, but I will say, they were just decent and entertaining to watch. Chol looked too cute in his pajamas, and I did at times like Prab's sarcasm. But, how come at the end, everyone is okay with their relationship, as if their not stepbrothers? very unrealistic and weird, but I guess it was added for the emotional appeal. Also, that kiss was incredibly cringey (why were Chol's eyes open? like huh?...), and the dad walking in was too predictable. But, I will say, that I liked the ultimatum he gave them, and I actually kind of wished that they would've explored those more until he just says nevermind. The best thing about this show was probably the situation with the parents. It was an actual conflict that I found amusement in, except I think it was resolved too quickly. I also liked how this show handles peer pressure and following one's heart. Even though Chol was smart enough to get into Medical school he just wanted to be a photographer and didn't let peer pressure get to him. And vice versa for Maping. He wanted to follow his heart in being a florist, but he felt like he had to get into medical school because of his family.
Now, let's get into Maping and this weird love triangle (but not really) that he was in. I actually loved that he turned down Mhok. For one, Mhok had this very creepy vibe to him (and he's a grown man, like wtf), so I wasn't really here for them at all, but most series would've had them get together, but instead, Maping had never even grown feelings for him in the first place. The scandal that went on was pretty accurate in terms of student and teacher relationships. I think they still should've fired the teacher. If they had really looked at the surveillance cameras then they would've seen that Mhok grabs Maping's hands, which isn't appropriate at all, but whatever. The underlying clash with both the teachers was not looked at enough. It felt like their plot wasn't completed and that could've been something fun to see if it was decently plotted out.
Khun and Kaow were the best couple out of all of them. They went through trying to get to know one another better, and then actually had a very well-plotted out story. I loved the way Kaow had asked him out with the cake, and I liked their dynamic a lot. They were still a bit cringe at times, but not nearly as bad as the others were. If anything, I would rather see next season be more about them than anyone else.
Tri and those twins were the worst thing ever. For a second there, I thought they were going to have then all three be in a polyamorous relationship, but then they have Tri reveal that he's in love with Chol which was a poor decision to make seeing as we had not seen any prior actions form him to indicate that. But, those twins were just downright bad. They did nothing but annoy Tri the entire time, and be weirdly obsessed with him. If anything, they could've been cut to save some screen time.
We see something going on between the delivery man and the Prab's friend (sorry, they're not listed on MDL, so I don't remember names). I actually was kind of excited to see more of them, but we got nothing at all. I hope that next season, they'll focus more on their relationship.
I would complain that this show had way too many characters, but at this point, I'm used to it. It took me up until episode 7 to actually remember names with faces, but whatever. Some other small points, what happened to Sam? He just kind of disappeared and never came back. It was revealed that he too had a crush on Chol (BAD. He was a grown man, ew) but then he just goes away. I felt like I had missed an episode or something, but for some reason, they decided to cut the confession scene between Chol and Prab. Why do that? No wonder it felt off that they had just gotten together without any prior conversations or anything. Poor decision-making
It was already confirmed that they're getting a second season which I think is not needed at all, but oh well. A new secret admirer, who could it possibly be??? I can already tell next season is going to be a bunch of unnecessary drama between the leads. Quite frankly, I don't know what more they can show in this since everything had already been done. But I guess we'll see.
Some things I liked: I liked that we don't see some BL-obsessed fangirls or some jealous ex-girlfriend. This was one of the few Thai BL series that don't do that. Good for them. Although it's pretty unrealistic for everyone in a university to be gay/bi/pan etc, I still enjoyed that nobody had to "come out" and everybody was okay with everyone liking the same sex.
Overall, this series, was just meh. I kept watching cause I think that all of the cast is pretty adorable, and I also think they tried their best with what they were given and wanted to keep watching to support them (even though it was rough). I wouldn't recommend this series, since there are just better ones out there, but if you're looking for a slow-burn or just something pretty carefree and unrealistic to watch, then this is the series for you.
A teeth-rotting fluff led by a cast full of newbies who have fantastic chemistry. If you ever feel like watching something that will make you smile like a goof and that won't make your heart hurt, then this is the drama for you. Sunshine and candyfloss, that's this drama, basically.
A true gemThis is my first review. This drama was so good, I just had to write one.
For the first time in a long time, I watched a drama that didn't feel like a work of fiction. Everything just felt so real. The characters, their interactions, the choices they made, and their consequences. The plot was really well done. The pace was just right, allowing each character to be fleshed out. The portrayal of con artists and, well, just artists was really believable.
There were two couples. First, there was Krit, the reluctant con artist with the extremely sweet art teacher Pienglada. It was a romance that started off as a friendship and evolved beautifully. This is one of those shows where the male lead is smart and always seems to come out on top of every situation but, as Krit fell in love with Pienglada, he became increasingly sloppy as a criminal. The change was done so smoothly and the tension was slowly building as he kept leaving clues that could be traced back to him.
Then there was Krit's mum, Pimjun, with Pienglada's dad. This was a case of a con artist falling for her own victim. Pimjun was less open to love than her son and often came across as a heartless woman so her love story was interesting to watch. The romance was beautiful and believable for both couples, but the mother-son relationship was a lot more captivating for me.
As I said, the mother-son duo really stood out the most for me.
Andrew Gregson as Krit was just great. He really nailed the role of a smart (somewhat vindictive) con artist with the heart and soul of an artist. At first, his long hair looked awkward but it really grew on me, haha. Especially when he was painting, it really complimented his look. I really loved his character. Krit's chemistry with Pienglada was so sweet. You could tell she was his refuge. I especially liked his emotional confrontations with his mum, so poignant!
Nok Sinjai as Pimjun was a total winner. She was a true professional. The way she set up and carried her plans made me admire her as a con artist. She was a total boss, even when held hostage, she was still the one pulling the strings! Sometimes she seemed cold-hearted and selfish, especially to her own son, and she seemed addicted to the criminal lifestyle, but the more her story was explained, the more her behaviour made sense.
Another character worth mentioning is the crazy ex-girlfriend. Well, technically, she wasn't that crazy or even Krit's girlfriend. She was such a hoot, I absolutely loved her. She was so charismatic, no matter what she did to annoy Krit and Pienglada, I couldn't hate her.
The rest of the cast did really well, with no over-the-top acting, except for Piendlada's ex-fiance and his angry ogre-face.
The music was nice and mellow, but nothing too memorable.
I would definitely rewatch this.
Overall, I recommend this if you're a fan of Andrew Gregson, slow-burn romances, or realistic and unique stories with a tight-knit plot, good character development, and no crazy unbelievable characters.
Strange and intriguing.Nurse Files is a drama that invites you in a world of fantasy that challenges the norms. Our lead is a young woman who sees things called “jellies” — left behind by people, or just creatures which are invisible to most. Along with her we have a Chinese teacher who’s ability is being a forcefield visible to only few and a disability visible to all. I would suggest you going into this drama with no expectations of wanting to understand the powers of our FL, or even the issues that are centric to the plot. In accordance to the FL’s life, we as viewers are expected to simply accept whatever comes our way. Strange creatures in the school built over a what was a pond with great aura? Okay. Connection between students causing them to start behaving hysterically? Okay. Mite infestation which cause a person to be born simply to eat the mites away? Okay. There are plenty such things that confuse you, but like the leads, we simply accept it and try to fix it.
Apart from the strangeness and fantastical elements, I simply loved the portrayal of characters. Loved the relationship between the FL and ML — starts of awkward and then just becomes comforting. The take away from this drama would be it’s okay to be weird as long as you are not a bad human.
A Decent Production Heavily Weighed Down by Its ScriptThis drama has a typical, good production that leads to high quality visuals and music, but unfortunately the show also leans heavily on its script, which is by far its weakest point. Taken together, I thought it was a decidedly average series.
Let's start with the good. This is Ji Chang Wook at everyone's favorite: he plays the suave, caring, handsome action lead that everyone loves him as since his capstone role as the titular character in Healer. The production team was definitely very aware of this fact and there was definitely fan service in the form of shirtless moments and shower scenes. The K2 also highlights what I think is Yoona's greatest strength: since I was a teenage boy, during the time when she first came out in Girls Generation, I've thought that she is one of the prettiest, if not one of the most beautiful girl-next-door-type celebrities. I think the show was also aware of this as they made her character, Anna become a literal runway model, who is always impeccably dressed even when in every day wear.
But unfortunately, visuals and fan service only get us so far. The script is a complete mess -- allies easily turn into enemies and enemies easily turn into allies in the blink of an eye. An epic revenge plot line could be setup as background for a particular character, only for that character to perform a 180 for dubious reasons. The plot is also too convoluted and shows that the showrunners didn't know exactly what they wanted this series to be, so they mixed everything together in an unsatisfying way: sometimes it's a sweet romance. Sometimes it's a thriller. Sometimes it's a Makjang-like revenge story. Sometimes it's an action series. Sometimes, it's trying to be an analogy to Snow White. It doesn't do any of this particularly well, so it just feels jarring and bad. The dialog does not fare much better. I remember one character trying to order another character's death and it went roughly like this: "kill him! And after he's dead, bring me his cell phone!" It's clear that most of the dramatic tension setup is only done to enable action scenes.
Regarding the fight sequences, I thought they were poorly done, due mostly to bad cinematography. A lot of the hand-to-hand brawls look and feel very fake as you see then punching at air at abnormal speeds. I don't know what it is, but I think is very characteristic of action scenes done for Kdramas. If you compare their cohorts, such as beloved Thai action movies, American Hollywood action movies, or even revered Korean movies like Old Boy, you'll find a much higher level of mastery at shooting action sequences. Since the K2 was so heavily focused on action, and in my opinion it was of low quality, this also knocked the show down several pegs in my rating.
I only got through watching the K2 because I really like Yoona and I mostly enjoyed the show Yong Pal, which was penned by the same scriptwriter. But I can't say that this show was anything special. It might help you kill 16 hours of time, but I don't think it's anything to write home about. It is easily skipped in favor of better done action series like Healer or better Makjang/Thriller type stories.
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