Review: School 2021

Posted July 5, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

School 2021

Starring: Kim Yo Han, Jo Yi Hyun, Choo Young Woo, Hwang Bo Reum
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: , Contemporary, Drama, Romance
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki

“School 2021” is the story of students attending a specialized high school and seeking their ambitions, rather than going off to college. It will delve into how these students learn about love, friendship, true passions, and growing up in an intense environment.

Kong Ki Joon is a hardworking student who assumes work and school simultaneously. He is a person who loses his 11-year-old dream of taekwondo due to injury and is unsure of knowing what to do. Jung Young Joo is a transfer student with a hidden story and a past connection to Kong Ki Joon.

Jin Ji Won, a confident high school girl with a solid dream, confidently communicates her opinion though she is in conflict with her mother about going to college. Kang Seo Young is a gifted student who is preparing, by herself, for college entrance exams. She is aiming to enter one of the top five universities in Korea.

Lee Kang Hoon is a teacher who values a work-life balance. He gradually grows along with his students. Koo Mi Hee is the chairman of the board. Lee Jae Hee is the twin sister of Lee Jae Hyuk. She is a quiet person and strives to make many new changes. Lee Jae Hyuk is Lee Jae Hee’s twin. Unlike Jae Hee, Jae Hyuk is the person who receives support from the foundation.
I’m not sure what prompted my desire to watch this show. I didn’t watch any of the other school shows and I don’t remember watching any of the characters in anything else but for some reason, I wanted to watch this and I’m glad that I did. This drama had the right amount of cuteness, the right amount of romance, and the right characters to really bring the story together. I enjoyed each character and though I enjoyed the secondary romance more than the main romance, I still rather enjoyed the drama as a whole and am already on the lookout for more dramas to support and watch each actor/actress in this show.

The main romance was cute but there were times when it moved a smidge too slow for my liking. There wasn’t anything wrong with either character, I just enjoyed other characters more and that’s not supposed to happen with the main couple. Of the two in the main romance, Ki Joon was probably my least favorite character. I felt bad for what he was going through with his grandfather but I couldn’t connect with anything else where he was concerned. I didn’t hate him or anything, he just wasn’t my favorite character. I liked the female lead well enough but she wasn’t my favorite either. I did like her though. My heart hurt for the way that she was out there chasing her dream, even though she was going through her shit with her Mom.

My favorite part of this show was the secondary romance. Every week that I tuned in, I was waiting to see if there was any more development between these two. I knew that Young Woo had a thing for Ji Won but man, Seo Young, my favorite character in this entire show had it so bad for him, and seeing the two of them come into their feelings for each other had the right amount of push and pull for me to tune in every single week. I loved their background stories and I really enjoyed their characters as well. I’m not normally one who pulls for the secondary characters as much as the main couple but in this drama, it was all about Young Joo and Seo Youn for me.

Overall, this was an easy show to watch. It wasn’t bogged down with too much shit and I really appreciated that. The characters were interesting, and seeing them have to deal with a bunch of shitty adults and tackle each problem that came their way as a team made for lots of heartwarming interactions and while this isn’t my favorite drama of the year, I appreciated their efforts in delivering a satisfying drama that kept me interested and invested in what was to come. I recommend.
Final Rating


3.5 out of 5

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Review: The Red Sleeve

Posted February 1, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

The Red Sleeve

Starring: Lee Jun Ho, Lee Se Young, Kang Hoon
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama, Historical, Romance
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Who I Watched It For: Lee Jun Ho

In Korea during the second half of the 1700s, Yi San is an aloof and perfection-loving young prince. His father’s killing haunts him, although it leaves him in the position to take the throne once his grandfather – the cruel and ruthless current king responsible for Yi San’s father’s death – dies. He has resolved to become a benevolent monarch who will reform the law when he eventually takes the throne, but the way his father was killed has scarred him emotionally.

At court, he meets a young woman named Sung Deok Im. Yi San falls in love with her and tries to convince her to become his official concubine. But Sung Deok Im is strong-willed and free-spirited. She is also intelligent enough to understand that becoming a royal consort to the future king is a prestigious role, but one that would restrict her freedom and likely bring her little in the way of joy. But Yi San’s love for Sung Deok Im is true, and she starts to understand that forming a union with him could ultimately benefit his troubled realm.
I planned to watch this show because I enjoyed Lee Jun Ho in all of the stuff that I had seen him in before and was looking for a new show to support. I’m not normally big on watching historical dramas but I’m so glad that I watched this one.

I’m not going to get into an in-depth description of what this show is about, you can read the blurb above, so I’m just going to jump into my thoughts on the show as a whole. From the casting, to the scenery, the dialogue, and the acting, I enjoyed every aspect of this show. I will say that there were a bit of a slow down in the middle but it didn’t last super long and I was heavily invested in what was going on so that didn’t bother me too much.

The main lead, Lee Jun Ho, did a tremendous job in bringing his character, Yi San to life. I felt his every emotion and though I spent a lot of time frustrated with how he treated the female lead in the beginning, I didn’t hate him because he’s the crown prince and of course, he’d act the way that he did. I cried a lot at different parts of this show and it was mostly with Lee Jun Ho’s delivery of different scenes. My heart hurt for him as he survived assassination attempt after attempt, on top of all of the shit that he had to survive with his abusive ass grandfather, the current King and all of the emotional baggage that came with the death of his father. There was a lot to unpack with his story alone, now add in the female lead, Sung Deok Im, played by Lee Se Young, and the story takes off even more.

I really enjoyed this show. The romance between Yi San and Deok Im was compelling as hell because he’s the Crown Prince and she’s a court maid assigned to work in his house. She’s strong, she’s smart, and though she finds herself falling in love with Yi San, she understands that becoming one of his concubines doesn’t lead to anywhere good for her. So there was struggle in all parts of her life, but also in Yi San’s life. Seeing the way that these two came together in love was a whole lotta, whole lotta. There was a lot of drama, there was a lot of hurt feelings, and worrying over each other so they really had to work for their happy ending and the way that this show came to an end was satisfying as hell.

Overall, this show had it all. A charming cast, a romance that you rooted for, and the backdrop of beautiful Korea that left you breathless. It was a beautiful drama from beginning to end and though there were parts of the show that dragged a bit for me, I still heavily messed with this show. Lee Se Young is a new to me actress but I enjoyed her portrayal of Deok Im, even when she frustrated me with her constant refusal to follow her heart but in the end, alls well that ends well and I was a happy camper. I hella recommend this drama if you’re in the mood for a good historical royal romance with a beautiful cast, setting, and romance. This hits all of those notes and more.
Final Rating


4 out of 5

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Eye Candy Friday: Ku Woong from Yumi’s Cells

Posted January 28, 2022 by Rowena in Dramas, Features | 0 Comments

Eye Candy Friday is something that I’ve been doing since I first started my personal blog way back in 2003. That first personal blog is long gone but I’ve never really grown out of the eye candy phase. I’m always up for some eye candy. Whether it’s a character from a book (male or female, I don’t discriminate), a character from a movie or TV Show, if I loved them and want to gush about how much I loved them, you’ll find them here. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

This week, I’m featuring Ku Woong from Yumi’s Cells. When I tell you this guy was fine…this guy was hella fine in this show. I didn’t think I’d ever get over how much I hated his character from Itaewon Class but, I’m over it because I love this guy. I loved him so much that I immediately jumped into another show with his as the male lead and loved that show too. There were times when Woong drove me up the wall but that guy was too damn fine for me to stay mad at him. Look at him…do you blame me?

Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Choi Taek from Reply 1988

Posted January 21, 2022 by Rowena in Dramas, Features | 1 Comment

Eye Candy Friday is something that I’ve been doing since I first started my personal blog way back in 2003. That first personal blog is long gone but I’ve never really grown out of the eye candy phase. I’m always up for some eye candy. Whether it’s a character from a book (male or female, I don’t discriminate), a character from a movie or TV Show, if I loved them and want to gush about how much I loved them, you’ll find them here. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

This week, I’m featuring Choi Taek from Reply 1988. Park Bo Gum was the reason that I watched that show and Choi Taek was my absolute favorite part of that show. He did such a great job bringing Taek to life and I just adored him so much. Choi Taek was just as precious to me as he was to everyone in he neighborhood and I was Team Taek from the jump. Even though I loved the hell out of Jung Hwan, for me, it was always Taek. These were some of my favorite moments that aren’t spoilerish so..check it out!

Until next week…enjoy!

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The Wednesday Five: Acting Pairs I Wanna See in a Drama

Posted January 19, 2022 by Rowena in Dramas, Features | 1 Comment

I’m a list person. I have a list for every single thing in my life from a to-do list, a list of books that I want to read, a running shopping list, and in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different k-entertainment lists that I’ve been keeping track of. You’ll be seeing my top 5 lists of stuff like my current celebrity crushes, my favorite k-drama female protagonists, my favorite k-drama male protagonists, my to-be-watched k-dramas, and you know, stuff like that.

This week’s Wednesday Five will feature the Acting Pairs I Wanna see in a Drama.

1. Gong Yoo and Song Hye Kyo

I’d love to see these two as main leads in a grown folks k-drama. I adore Gong Yoo’s fine ass and I’d watch him sleep if he recorded it. I love watching him in k-dramas (even in that god awful Big k-drama that I just could not get behind) and I’d love to watch him in a suspenseful romantic drama with Song Hye Kyo. Something where they’re both big-shot lawyers who hate each other but have to work together to take down the bad guys and through it all, they fall in love.

2. Park Seo Joon and Lee Hyeri

It is not a secret that Park Seo Joon is my #1 boo thang. I love him like whoa and I’ve been waiting ever so patiently for his next project. I would love to see him in a romantic comedy with my #1 girl crush, Lee Hyeri. I’d love to see the two of them in a show where he had a rough childhood and the minute he could get out, he left and never came back. But then his horrible parents died and he comes back to town for the funeral and to clean up their space and runs into his best friend’s younger sister, played by Hyeri, who brightens his world up and changes his jaded view of life…and they fall in love and live happily ever after.

3. Park Hyung Sik and Go Yoon Jung

I love me some Park Hyung Sik and I just finished watching him in Happiness so I’m already looking forward to his next project. The actress that I’m curious and very interested in seeing him work with is Go Yoon Jung. I saw Yoon Jung in Law School and really enjoyed her acting so I’d love to see her in a light romantic comedy where she’s our struggling female lead who runs across her high school crush, played by Hyung Sik of course, years later and he asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend to get his family off his back and …they fall in love.

4. Park Bo Gum and Han Hyo Joo

Park Bo Gum and Han Hyo Joo are so freaking beautiful that I would love to watch the two of them be beautiful together in a k-drama. I can see them doing the whole best friends to lovers thing. He has been in love with her since they were kids but they could never get their timing right and when he starts to move on, she develops feelings for him and goes through goofy hell trying to get her man and in the end, he realizes that of course it’s always been her and they get married and live happily ever after.

5. Lee Je Hoon and Nam Ji Hyun

I have enjoyed these two in every single drama that I’ve watched them in and I would love to see them pair up in a drama where they’re both married to each other but living secret lives as like, I don’t know, assassins or something and well, I’d love to see them in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith kind of drama where they find out that they’re both bad asses after they get married and then they join forces to find out who killed their dog and then rain hellfire down on those bitches. Yeah, I want to see them in that.

Can you tell that I read a lot of romance novels? LOL. I still want all of this.

Which acting pairs would you love to see star in a k-drama together? Share in the comments!

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