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W – Two Worlds is a South Korean drama that was released and aired in 2016. The drama stars Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo. Within the world of the drama, there exists another world, a world created by comic artist, Oh Sung Moo. This drama takes the concept of fiction and meta-fiction and plays with the bounds that exist in those genres.
I won't go into too many details about the storyline because you guys have already seen it and if you haven't I don't know what you are doing here. If you choose to continue, you have been warned, there are spoilers within the context of this review.
First and foremost, the storyline for this drama rocks. The concept of moving between the real world and the fictional world is just brilliant and probably something each and everyone of us has wanted to write a story about at one point or another. I could talk forever about the creative concept and story writing that went into this series but I won't. This series caught my attention just by the synopsis alone and kept me hooked for the most part throughout. There were certain rules that applied to the comic book world that seemed very plausible and made sense which is another factor for me liking this drama. World building is crucial when it comes to making up a story and every little detail counts. If you screw up anywhere, the audience will notice and your story won't be as effective and intriguing.
If any of you have heard of the allegory of the cave, this series is a direct reference to that allegory. The allegory goes as follows: a man sits in a cave staring at the wall of the cave. There is light being illuminated onto the cave wall. The light is coming from a fire that is behind the man. However, outside of that cave there is sunlight which is the original source of light. The idea is that there is the original concept which would be our world we currently live in now. Then there is the imitation of the concept which is the fictional world of the drama series we are watching called W – Two Worlds. Finally, the light on the wall illuminated by the fire is the imitation of the imitation of the concept. That is in essence, the fictional world within the fictional world of the drama, or the world that Kang Chul lives in. Sorry for the boring lesson on critical theory.
What does this all mean? It means that the writers took an idea, or a concept and developed it into a story which is what we consume everyday. The television shows we watch, the music we listen to, the stories we tell are all imitation of the concept of real life because they are reproductions of what has happened or what could happen in real life. The writers went a step further and developed a story within a story. This is called meta-fiction and is used in stories all the time; sometimes well-produced, other times not so well-produced. The story exists as an idea of an idea. I know it's confusing, this is what I majored in in college.
I find it so intriguing however, that the writers were able to take this idea of the allegory of the cave and reproduce it so well. Were they thinking of this allegory when they were writing the story of W? Probably not, but either way, it was well thought out. Along with the concept of the story, the chemistry that existed between the characters was real.
Kang Chul is a fictional character inside a fictional world inside a fictional world. He doesn't even come close to being real, but the interaction reproduced between Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) and Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk) was incredibly well done. While this drama didn't make me cry out loud as many other dramas have done, I felt myself caught in the moment.
Honestly, this drama series took several turns I wasn't expecting. They could have easily given the killer a face and had him killed off, but the way they went about the story was incredible, not to mention the way the killer came back into the story when the audience and viewers thought he was gone for sure. This drama came with a theme as well and that is that love doesn't have any bounds. Many k-dramas share this theme such as My Love From the Star, The Legend of the Blue Sea, and many more. I think it's a good theme to continue stressing in the Korean society. A lot of people fear what their parents may think, but these dramas let those people know that it's okay to love someone that is different from you. I don't think the shows are going as far as to say it's okay to date an alien, a mermaid, or a cartoon character, but the idea is great.
I loved this drama. It's definitely not my favorite ever, but it has a special place in my heart. I love that dramas, while sticking to their roots, are venturing away from the typical gender benders, love triangles and rich/poor stereotypes. I sincerely hope dramas get more and more complex similar to this series, Descendants of the Sun, The K2, and Goblin. My next drama review should be The Legend of the Blue Sea so look forward to it.
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Goblin is the South Korean action drama starring Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Yoo In Na, and many more great actors. The synopsis of the drama is a 900 year old warrior from the Joseon era serves his country with great valor but is betrayed by the king. He is killed by the sword given him by the king and is cursed to roam the earth forever until the Goblin bride can pull the sword from his chest.
First off this drama got a lot of heat for being a series about pedophilia. A 900+ year old warrior searching the earth for his bride which happens to be a 20 year old girl seems too risque for typical audiences. However, I will get into why that doesn't actually apply later. The drama was great; full of action, comedy, romance and those inevitable tear-jerking moments.
If I were to use one sentence to describe the theme of this series, it would be: “Life is a cycle that is far too precious to squander.” or something like that. Especially towards the later episodes, it is very apparent that the theme of the show is to cherish life. In the scene where Grim Reaper is telling the secret to the female grim reaper. I think that shows what the series is really and truly trying to get at. For those who don't remember or who haven't seen it yet, the scene plays out as follows. Grim Reaper just realized he won't see Sunny again and refuses to eat. Then he realizes that the purpose for grim reapers to eat and the nourish themselves and to find housing is because grim reapers are people that, in their past life, had ended their own life prematurely, in essence finding little to no worth for their life. Grim Reaper (Wang Yeo) states that the purpose for all that is for us (the grim reapers) to find and cherish life. It's to find meaning in the life that we were so willing to throw away. Honestly, that is one of my favorite scenes just because of how deep it is and how true it is.
In addition to that scene of the two grim reapers talking, the tragic scene where Ji Eun Tak sacrifices her life to save the lives of children, shows what this drama series is really about. Honestly, I think their whole point was to get this point across, that life is beautiful and shouldn't be wasted or squandered. The fact that Ji Eun Tak clearly thinks to herself that that truck is out of control and will kill all those kids, and then she consciously pulls out in front of the truck and pushes on the brakes in order to save those kids, shows the true color of this drama. The way they played that scene up was brilliant by the way. Two grim reapers were standing at a bus stop looking at the names of the people they had to collect that day when they receive a call from headquarters. The call was to cancel all the names that had been assigned them. The reason is because Ji Eun Tak sacrificed herself which is a impulsive decision that humans make. I love that honestly. This show is just brilliant with its execution and production. The story line is so well thought out and explanatory and to be honest, I would have been content with Ji Eun Tak dying and then maybe Kim Shin tells her he'll join her soon. However, that would have definitely taken away from the moral standing of the show, so I'm glad they steered clear of that ending.
The character development was really played out as well. Ji Eun Tak started out as a lonely girl who sees ghosts to a social butterfly who actually befriends her old class president. She suffers loneliness and definitely grows up as a character.
Kim Shin has lived for over 900 years. He has seen everything and actually comes from a drunk deity without any cares in the world to an actual caring husband in the end. The fact that he was willing to spend another 39 years on earth just to be with the one he loved shows his priorities had changed. Not only that, but he relived his entire Joseon era life with his roommate, the Grim Reaper also known as Wang Yeo. He learned to get over his grudges and forgive the past life of another. One of his best friends becomes Wang Yeo.
Wang Yeo, the Grim Reaper, also known as Kim Woo Bin transforms the most in my opinion. He was just another soulless being performing well at his job and didn't really complain. His growth in discovering himself and his reason for becoming a grim reaper is really amazing. He learns that he is his best friend's worst enemy. He humbly accepts that fate. He is a self-loathing apparition until he learns to appreciate life.
Wang Yeo's partner through all the lives, Sunny on the other hand seems a bit flat as far as her growth goes. Yes, she willingly accepts that she had a previous life but she goes from this moody business girl into a moody business girl that had forgotten that after she had left the grim reaper, he'd be the one she'd go back to. Her growth throughout the story seems the least.
Now about the pedophilia. I understand how people come to that conclusion about this show but this show is much deeper than just a boy and a girl fall in love. This story breaks the barriers of what “drama” love is defined as. The story is about a girl saving a man from himself and loving him the same even after everything is said and done. It's about soulmates and that bond that exists throughout all lives, not just in this one. Because it is about soulmates, I don't think that pedophilia is really present or the target for this drama series. It's like Tuck Everlasting and how immortality is present therefore making the main character 100s of years old but no one batted an eye at that story. This is essentially the same thing. An ageless warrior falls in love with a modern day girl.
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Goblin is a 2016 South Korean drama that is heavily influenced in the mystical and fantastical genre. The story follows Gong Yoo, a man who has lived for over 900 years and is cursed as a goblin. During the Joseon era, he fought in the military as a warrior for the king. At the end of his mortal life, he was stabbed through the heart with his own sword by one of his good friends. The king whom he served betrayed the country as well as his warriors. The curse is that only the Goblin's bride can remove the sword from his chest. Until the day when he dies, he is forced to watch all the people he loves around him die; he is also forced to remember every death.
The Goblin saved a woman from a hit and run and in doing this brought the Goblin's bride into the world. The woman was pregnant and the child becomes the Goblin's bride.
I'm halfway through this drama series therefore I decided to do a drama update and my current thoughts on the drama. These are my own personal thoughts so please don't criticize me too much.
Goblin is an exciting, unique, and at times funny drama that personifies things such as ghosts, goblins, the Grim Reaper, and gods. The Grim Reaper, played by Lee Dong Wook and the Goblin (Gong Yoo) share residency in the Goblin's home due to the nephew of the Goblin renting it out while Gong Yoo was out of town. The relationship between these two is hilarious and never taken seriously.
Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), a high school girl who struggles to make friends because of her ability to see ghosts, is taken in by the Goblin when she makes a wish on her 19th birthday. When she blows out a candle, the Goblin appears no matter what task he's involved in at the time.
Only the Goblin's bride can see the sword that is sticking out of the Goblin, so for the first few episodes, Gong Yoo is trying to see if Ji Eun Tak can see it. Finally she reveals that she can see it and in a later episode tries to pull it out but fails.
The drama is now at its halfway mark which means it will soon be winding down. The last episode (episode 8) reveals that the Goblin must die in order to save her. If he delays it any longer, her life will be at a greater risk than ever. Will the Goblin die in order to save her? That's something we have to wait until next week to find out but we do know this, in the 4 short weeks since this drama has aired, it has done phenomenally. I can't wait for next week's episodes and the episodes to follow. This drama has been one of my favorites hands down. I hope you enjoyed this update and I'll continue you update you on my drama watching experience. Thank you. See ya in the next one.
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Train to Busan is a South Korean film depicting a zombie apocalypse outbreak that occurs while passengers are aboard a train to the Korean city, Busan. A man is taking his daughter to Busan so she can be with her mother.
I finally got around to seeing this film that has been talked about so much that Hollywood has decided to make an American rendition of the film. While the movie had a lot of violence and gore (really cheap makeup), and action scenes, I think the overall message of the film was to praise fathers. It was designed to make this father that was really a crappy father prove himself through all these trials and then at the end, leave the girl so that she could grow up better because of his example of selflessness and sacrifice.
The cast was phenomenal except maybe the baseball player boy that was dating Sohee. His acting was pretty terrible, but he made it work. Like I said, I don't think the point of this movie was to be all action and gore. If they wanted a gory movie, Korea has the means to do that. The point of this movie was to present an idea or a message and deliver in a unique way. It was really nice to see Sohee in this movie. I didn't know that she was in it and it took me by surprise to see her appear in the film.
This movie is more a drama than a horror film and I think some of the saddest scenes were really well done. Of course every death scene is terrible and heart-wrenching. However, the scene that brought me to tears, as I sure it did to most of you, is the scene where Gong Yoo gets bitten and says goodbye to his daughter. The moment when he rips her hand away from his shirt just destroyed me. That was the saddest fucking movie I've ever seen.
What I found interesting is that the main character, Gong Yoo, dies in the end. In fact all the main characters die except for the little girl and the pregnant lady. Another death that hurt me was Sohee's death and then the boy just holds her and accepts his fate. That death scene was powerful.
Now let's talk about how Hollywood is going to fuck this up. First off, they are going to take the overall theme and throw it out the window. The story is clearly about a man trying to make up with his daughter by taking her to see her mother in a far away city or town. What they are going to do is make it about a man taking his daughter on a vacation and then the train gets hit with the zombie virus.
Secondly, they are going to keep as many characters alive as possible because Americans don't like sad or thought-provoking endings; we all just want a happy ending. So the father, daughter, man and his pregnant wife, and maybe the baseball player and cheerleader will make it. I think the bum will die.
Thirdly, they will change a lot about how the zombies behave. While this movie's zombies are far from what I personally think a zombie is like, it still has its features and Hollywood will take all those and just make it a Walking Dead movie on a train. These zombies are stupid, they react to light and sound, they run (which I think is a stupid feature for zombies), and their transformation time varies between person.
This movie is wonderful and I'm glad I was able to watch it before the American remake comes out and ruins it. I hope this review was helpful and I hope that you watched it or at least plan on watching it because it is definitely worth it. Remember, it's a drama movie dressed up as a horror movie. The gore is really fake looking, there are no vein tearing out like in Dawn of the Dead, and the movie is really focused on the story aspect rather than the horror. Thank you for the support and like always please like, comment, and share this post on social media. I'll see ya in the next one.
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The K2 is a South Korean drama starring Im Yoona of Girls' Generation, Ji Chang Wook, Song Yoona and many other wonderful actors. The drama is political and therefore starts out slower than most dramas I've watched, however, once that action picks up, it doesn't slow down for a second. The way the characterization played out made every person seem like the bad guy except for Ji Chang Wook, Im Yoona, and their gang. Besides that, every single person was the evil character at one point or another. But I love how this drama reels you in and makes you think one person is bad and then in the next scene makes them appear good. It's a good trick done by productions, writing, and the actors of course.
The plot follows two politicians fighting against each other in a political race for presidency. Kim Je Ha, an ex-soldier, who is under the aforementioned alias becomes tied up in a power tango with Choi Yoo Jin. Je Ha is hired on as a body guard for Choi Yoo Jin and undergoes several difficult tasks including saving Anna (Im Yoona) several times as she is the secret daughter of presidential candidate, Jang Se Joon. Near the end of the drama, a bomb is used to add suspense to the finale which it very well does. My issue with a bomb as the ending is the timeline never adds up. The bomb set by Choi Sung Won, half brother to Choi Yoo Jin, is timed for 2 hours. There are sequences in the final episode where people are talking for 10 minutes and only 3 minutes pass. It is a classic mistake in cinema, but I won't hold it against the story team.
Like I mentioned, I enjoyed the sway of power and manipulation that happened throughout. However, for being a political drama, I'd say the ratio of action to political nonsense was nicely proportioned. Yes, there were times where I'd kind of doze off because of seemingly endless talking but I only fell asleep once during my entire viewing of this drama. Not to mention, there was romance, but not a whole lot of romance and one big thing, there were not a ton of terrible English actors in this drama unlike Descendants of the Sun and several other dramas.
I also enjoyed the way the drama came to a conclusion. There was still that 10 minute window of epilogue but they did it in a clever way. Rather than having the big ending and then showing a year later or whatever, they had the big save, then a bunch of political fixes, then a kind of slow, but swift ending that was simple yet resolved the conflict. I'm hoping there is a season 2 of this series because I loved watching Yoona and Ji Chang Wook perform together. They are honestly a love team I can ship. For a minute near the end, it seemed as if they were planning a 2nd season, but she sent that email revoking all her power so I doubt it, but the show ended with a cliffhanger, technically. Anna asks Je Ha what his real name is. He hesitates for a moment and then answer, “My real name is...” and that is where the show ends.
This has been my review of “The K2” starring Yoona and Ji Chang Wook. I hope you enjoyed it and if you haven't watched it yet, I don't know why you're reading this, but you should definitely go watch it because it is well worth your time. Please like, share, and comment on this post and thank you all for the support you show me. I really do appreciate you guys. I'll see ya in the next one which will hopefully be W – Two Worlds because I finished that drama a while ago.
Uncontrollably Fond is a South Korean drama starring Kim Woo Bin from other dramas such as The Heirs, and Suzy from Miss A. This drama has many levels to it. There is the social class level that exists with Noh Eul (Suzy), a girl from Seoul who lived in poverty her whole life and suffers immensely when her father is killed from a hit and run. There is also Choi Ji Tae who is a side character/second male lead that pretends to be poor for Noh Eul's sake but in actuality comes from a wealthy family. And then there's Kim Woo Bin's character Shin Joon Young who only knew poverty growing up but decided to become an actor and became one of Korea's most successful celebrities.
Shin Joon Young hides a secret within him throughout the entirety of the drama about having cancer. He refuses treatment for the sake of the fans and those he loves.
Noh Eul's father is killed in a hit and run and she and her younger brother have to flee to escape loan sharks. Before all this happens, Shin Joon Young, a fellow student, falls in love with Noh Eul and plays it off as some kind of joke.
Shin Joon Young lives with his mother and she has high hopes for him becoming the next great prosecutor like Choi Hyun Joon, Joon Young's father that abandoned him when his mother was pregnant with him.
After the hit and run incident, the case becomes closed. Sung Ho bribes Choi Hyun Joon with power to cover up the hit and run case because his daughter was the one involved in the hit and run.
Noh Eul basically struggles all her life because she is poor and has no way of fleeing from that poverty. She gets fired from her job as an undercover reporter because she takes a bribe. In her depression, she claims she can get Shin Joon Young to do a documentary video that has become a project with his company.
Noh Eul starts hanging around Joon Young and falls in love with him. Throughout all this time, Joon Young suffers due to the cancer spreading. In the end, Joon Young dies but leaves behind a legacy.
The reason I like this drama so much is the fact that Kim Woo Bin and Bae Suzy are perfect together. Kim Woo Bin usually plays the antagonist or bad guy in most dramas so it was a breath of fresh air to see him play a good role. I know it seems overrated but Suzy is my bias in Miss A so of course I'm going to like her, but honestly her acting was excellent, especially considering everyone was talking her down.
This drama is filled with growth of every character. Maybe the only character that didn't have a whole lot of dynamics would have been Choi Haru because her character development seemed rather flat. She didn't really add much to the story line but was more there to appeal to the fangirl/fanboy audience. Haru became a relatable for the viewers that have either a secret life or maybe an open life about obsessing over idols. However, that being said, I actually like the story that developed between her and Noh Jik. It was cute and innocent.
At first I didn't think I'd like this drama as much as I did, but it definitely grew on me. It was like a more grown up version of Boys Over Flowers, which is a drama I like but mainly because it was my first drama.
I hope you like this drama review. Sorry for the late post and sorry for the bad writing in this review. It took me 4 or 5 tries to officially finish this review and I didn't feel like it was a good review, but I finished it and I needed to get it off my plate so I can continue with my W – Two Worlds review coming soon. Also, I'm watching The Legend of the Blue Sea right now; I put a pause on The K2 because I'm not huge on political dramas but I still do want to see Yoona's great acting. I still need to watch Train to Busan as well, so look forward to those reviews coming in the next while. Thank you for supporting me and please don't forget to like, comment, and share this post all over social media. See ya in the next one.
Descendants of the Sun is a South Korean drama based around the relationship a doctor and a Special Forces soldier. The story follows these two as well as a couple other relationships as they face their adventures in Korea, Urk (a fictional desert land), and within the operations of the medical field and Special Forces field alike. The two main characters Kang Mo Yeon, a surgeon that is placed in the placed in the marketing section for the hospital and Yoo Si Jin, the Alpha team leader run into each other through unlikely circumstances.
After Kang Mo Yeon and Yoo Si Jin meet and go on a couple of interrupted dates, Si Jin is deployed on a mission to Urk for 8 months. Mo Yeon becomes the face of her hospital and is involved in a sexual advance from the head of the hospital. Upon her refusal, she is sent with a volunteer team, involuntarily, to Urk to give medical aid.
From here the two meet again and are devastated by a disastrous earthquake. Both teams stay to assist in the treatment of the people of Urk. Many are killed and many suffer terrible injuries. Most of the show takes place in Urk.
This drama is full of action, comedy and of course, drama. There are many scenes where it goes from action to comedy to drama all within the scene. I love this drama. It is involving and exciting. It really gets you into the story and makes you feel for these characters. The ending is really funny as well because all of the characters go to a wedding of some people they had met in Urk. The wedding takes place in Canada and all seems well, but then a volcano breaks out and the team gets ready for an emergency, wondering if anything will be normal again.
If you like dramas for their action sequences, this drama is for you. If you enjoy watching shows that involve a great love story, this drama is for you. If you love good comedy or drama, this drama is for you. Thank you for reading through my review of Descendants of the Sun even though it's ridiculously late. I've watched it through twice since it has came out, so that tells you that I've been procrastinating on this. But thanks anyway, those of you who give me support.
Uncontrollably Fond is a South Korean drama starring Bae Suzy from k-pop girl group Miss A and Kim Woo Bin from other dramas such as The Heirs. The story follows Suzy's character, Noh Eul who has always struggled to make ends meet. At a young age, she witnesses her father become involved in a hit and run by a young Korean girl. For years and years, she struggles to make a famous prosecutor find the true suspect of her father's hit and run.
Throughout all of this, a guy named Shin Joon Young played by Kim Woo Bin tries winning her affection but is rejected outright every time. Years later and Joon Young is a famous actor and singer and is still pining over Noh Eul. There are a lot of complicated relationships going on throughout this drama which I think makes the audience care even more for the characters than they normally would have.
Honestly this drama is nothing special but for some reason, I want to keep watching it. The development of Suzy's character and how bad you feel for her, but at the same time, watching Joon Young struggle with keeping the secret from the world that he has cancer, is at the same time satisfying and heart-wrenching. One of the scenes that gets me the most is when Noh Eul gets drunk on the beach and takes Joon Young's phone and calls Ji Tae, a guy that rejected her twice, and begs him to take her back. I feel so bad for Joon Young at the scene because he's trying so hard to be nice and help Noh Eul but she just continues to reject him.
I can't wait for the next episodes to come out and to finish the episodes that are out currently. This drama for some reason just grabs my attention and won't let it go. I stopped watching W – Two Worlds for the time being because I just want to focus on this incredible drama. I don't think I gave away too much so please do watch this drama. It's incredible and so heart-wrenching, like I said. I'll post one more drama review after I finish the drama completely, but I just wanted you to know my thoughts on Uncontrollably Fond. Thanks for reading this and supporting me.
Doctors is a 2016 South Korean drama about a girl, Yoo Hye Jung (Park Shin Hye) who is rebellious and a sort of gangster growing up. When she is abandoned by her father and sent to live with her grandmother, she starts attending school where Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won) is a teacher. The two start falling for each other but it's cut short due to Jin Seo Woo's jealousy; she spreads a rumor that the two are dating. Hye Jung drops out of school. Her grandmother finds out she has cancer and goes in for a surgery but never wakes up. The surgeon performing the surgery is Jin Myung Hoon, Seo Woo's father. He reports that he did the best he could and there's nothing he could do.
The drama seems like your typical medical drama. There's a lot of blood and surgeries, but I found myself going back to this drama because of the characters. Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won were phenomenal together, however, I would have liked Yoo Hye Jung and Jung Yoon Do to end up together more. Here are my list of pairings I would have preferred in the drama:
Hye Jung & Yoon Do
Seo Woo & Yeong Gook
Soon Hee & Joong Dae
Soo Jin & Kang Soo
The main premise of this drama was Hye Jung trying to get Jin Myung Hoon to apologize and take responsibility for her grandmother's death. However, due to the expiration of statutes of limitations, there is nothing she can legally do.
Throughout the drama, there are many dramatic things that happen such as a man who's kids both need surgeries but can't afford it, therefore he resorts to attempting suicide, but is talked down by Hye Jung in the last moments. Another dramatic thing that happens is Kang Soo, a first year resident, finds out he has a tumor and needs it removed. The last couple of episodes led with some extremely delicate materials. Chairman Jin, Seo Woo's grandfather, is arrested for embezzlement, a man's wife who is on the brink of death is pregnant with his kid, and Jin Myung Hoon becomes ill due to a large tumor in his spinal cord.
In the end, all works out. The lady has the baby through a C-Section but unfortunately and ultimately dies. Jin Myung Hoon undergoes surgery and wakes up in the end and thanks Hye Jung.
The part I don't like about this drama is the couples. First of all, I think that Hong Ji Hong was too old for Hye Jung. Not as much when they became doctors but I still had a feeling that irked me weirdly. The last scene is Ji Hong proposing to Hye Jung and them kissing.
The reason I didn't like this ending is that it left the audience hanging. What happens with all the other couples that sort of pair off towards the end of the series? I became so interested in Seo Woo and Yeong Gook's relationship that I lost interest in Hong & Yoo.
Another thing that bothered me was that this drama was aired as an action/medical drama. The trailer had Hye Jung's fight scenes but the drama kept those around for a few episodes and then cut them off completely. I wish it had been more consistent throughout. I understand that she's growing up and moving past that life, but she fights once in the hospital and then that's it? Give us more!
Overall this drama was good. It's not my favorite but it's not a bad drama either. The acting for the most part was excellent and the story kept you involved. Doctors doesn't land as high on my listing of favorite dramas only due to the fact that it fell victim to the typical drama ending. There's so much build up towards this intense ending and they try to cram it all into one final episode, but don't leave any room for epilogue. The post-story in this drama lasted approximately 6 minutes. That's enough time for there to be a new director appointed, Jin Myung Hoon to wake up and Hong Ji Hong to propose and that's it. I mean, Doctors' epilogue didn't have to be as long as I hoped Boys Over Flowers would have been, but still at least 20 minutes of post-story.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my review of Doctors. I know it's been a while since I've reviewed a drama, but I plan on putting up a Descendants of the Sun review soon as well as a W – Two Worlds review. Maybe I'll even put up a Uncontrollably Fond review once that series is finished. Thanks for all the support and don't forget to like, comment, and share this post everywhere.
Moorim School is a South Korean drama that was televised for 16 episodes. The premise of the story is about two young, well off men find themselves in a school that focuses on the martial arts. The two get tangled in the story and the past of the school and its characters. The drama stars Lee Hong Bin of Vixx, Lee Hyun Woo, Seo Ye Ji, Jeong Eu Gene, Shannon, Z Hera, and many more.
18 years prior to the show's beginning, a man (Chae Yoon) and his wife flee the natural world and go into hiding, forming a seal to protect themselves. Juk Poong, an organization of people fighting to misuse the power of the Chintamani, a relic that when one possesses it, it is said to give them all the power in the world, attack Chae Yoon and his wife and burn down the house. The daughter (Seon Ah/Young) is taken away by Hwang Moo Song when he arrives late at the death of his best friends. The son (Shi Woo/Joon) is taken by Shim Bong San, who thinks he has killed the child and leaves him in the woods, buried in leaves. The Chintamani key is broken into three pieces and hidden away.
At current time, Wang Chi Ang is the heir to a large Chinese business his father runs. He is kidnapped and taken to Moorim School but flees his captors. He falls off a ledge into a lake where Shim Soon Deok, a young girl attending Moorim School rescues him. He willfully accepts going to Moorim due to his infatuation with Soon Deok.
Yoon Shi Woo is the leader of a k-pop boy band that begins losing his hearing. A loyal fan, Seon Ah, goes to his concert and notices his struggle while on stage. A large light rafter falls nearly killing Shi Woo, but Seon Ah pushes him out of the way and tells him to come to Moorim, they can fix his problem there.
While traveling there, Shi Woo bumps into Soon Deok and Chi Ang on the way there and incidentally opens up the seal. They are accepted into Moorim, however, Shi Woo and Chi Ang constantly fight due to misunderstandings about each other. They are expelled, but one is allowed to continue his education at Moorim only if he returns with the school marking from the top of Moorim Peak. The two of them travel side by side in order to retrieve the marking and eventually become close friends. Neither retrieves the marking, but instead return together to Moorim School.
Both Shi Woo and Chi Ang are given permission to stay at Moorim. They learn to get along, however, midterms are coming up and both need to prove themselves. They train with the best students at the school, Seon Ah with Chi Ang and Soon Deok with Shi Woo. The midterms arrive and they learn about teamwork and the importance of saving even those who betray them.
It is announced that the Moorim Competition will be opening soon, allowing outsiders to enter the school and participate. Throughout the competition, the four students learn that Dean Hwang may be involved with more than protecting the students and may be after the Chintamani.
Shim Soon Deok is forced by her father to not attend Moorim School. Chi Ang learns that his father is actually after the Chintamani and will do anything to retrieve it all in one piece. Chi Ang learns that Soon Deok possesses one part of the key which Shi Woo gave to her. Seon Ah and Shi Woo discover that they are actually related and in fact the children in the fire from 18 years before. Shi Woo gives the pieces of the Chintamani key to Chi Ang and Chi Ang in turn must give the key to his father. However, in the end, he threatens his own life along with the key near Moorim Peak. His father saves his life instead of going after the key.
Seven years later, all seems good within the walls of Moorim. Soon Deok and Shi Woo are engaged to be married, Yeop Jung, a crazed student determined on winning at all costs has a book published and seems well off, two of their professors are married and have a child, Seon Ah is the new Dean of Moorim and is dating Chi Ang. Chi Ang and Shi Woo go to uncover the pieces of the Chintamani key that had fallen from Moorim Peak. They reveal the Chintamani and open it to reveal a large stone that shows their reflections. The point of the Chintamani was that it reveals the person who has the power to change things for the better, which is themselves.
There's the plot of the drama about as basic as I could make it while still giving details about it. The drama was quite exciting for the most part. It had a great cast that worked great together. I especially loved Seo Ye Ji's quirky personality. However, the drama at times was really slow. It seemed like about every other episode there was a really exciting, action packed episode, and then at the same interval, there were episodes that were really boring that had no interesting part to it. I understand why many fans complained because you need a balance. That's why Descendants of the Sun is such a good drama. Because it has a storyline, but it also has action and a lot of thrill-giving scenes.
Another complaint I would bring forward is the fact that this drama seemed like it was almost bordering on homosexuality in discussion. I don't mind the homosexual thing in my dramas, but please make us aware at all times who the romance is supposed to be referring to. There were times in this drama where I honestly thought the main romance of the show was Shi Woo and Chi Ang. Please specify who the focus is supposed to be on. For example, in Pinocchio, the focus doesn't shift from Dal Po and In Ha to Dal Po and Chan Soo or to In Ha and Yu Rae. It doesn't make sense. And even in that drama when the attention is dragged to Dal Po and Yu Rae or In Ha and Bum Jo, it doesn't last long.
Overall, this drama was really good and I was excited to watch it every time an episode became available. Is this my favorite drama or anywhere near the top of my dramas? It is definitely in the top of my dramas, however, it is not my favorite drama. Pinocchio, hands down, is the best drama I've watched to this point. It is original and while many of the typical drama motifs exist in it, Pinocchio tried to break bounds. I think Descendants of the Sun might be my number 2 though. I enjoyed Moorim School, but it didn't grab my attention nearly as much as other dramas. Not to mention, this drama held many tropes of k-drama in one show, such as the k-pop idol and the normal girl and the rich guy/poor girl motif. I don't mind those, but please I want originality, not a repeat of Boys Over Flowers or Heartstrings.
That was my review of Moorim School. I hope you enjoyed it and won't get to mad at me for my words. Also, I hope you stayed awake during this reading because I know it is long. I'll end it here. I give this drama a rating of 7/10.
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Matthew Petrucci is a Korean American who was adopted at a young age. He has always been fascinated by Korean culture. Ever since he was about 10 or 11 years old, he felt a connection with Asian culture. His earliest exposures to Asian culture was while attending a camp for Korean American adoptees. There he learned much about the culture, music, movies, and language. Although he still doesn’t speak Korean, he has plans to pursue that course in the future.