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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.
Kdramas are an important part of K culture, and therefore I use this section of my website to give my overview and review of certain Kdramas I have watched. I am really bad at keeping this segment up to date, but I try.