Author: Rowena

Review: Juvenile Justice

Posted July 21, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Juvenile Justice

Starring: Kim Hye Soo, Kim Mu Yeol, Lee Sung Min
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: N/A

Sim Eun Seok is an elite judge with a prickly personality who hates juvenile offenders. After she gets assigned to a local juvenile court, she tries to balance her aversion to minor offenders with firm beliefs on justice and punishment, as she goes out of her way to break custom and administer her own ways of punishing the offenders.
I’m a sucker for all things law and order so when I saw that this was coming to Netflix, I made plans to binge-watch it over a weekend and I made good on that promise, the week after it was released to the masses. I was expecting heavy stories throughout this drama and that’s exactly what I got. This drama follows a judge, who is assigned to a local juvenile court, as she faces case after case of juveniles being bad. She’s got a different way that she handles her cases and she goes out of her way to get to the truth so that her judgement is as fierce and as fair as it needs to be.

With every case she took on, the stories of those involved in the crimes really got to me. The acting, the stories, the acting, all of it made for a compelling drama that I couldn’t stop watching. I was invested in every case, in every character and my heart at every turn. Some cases were open and shut but others weren’t as clear cut but every case was heavy and every episode gutted me.

The main character, Judge Eun Seok ran hot and cold for me. In the beginning, she was so harsh and so cold that it was hard for me to connect with her but over the course of the show, she doesn’t stop being harsh and she doesn’t stop being cold but I was able to connect with her character and understand her better. She was harsh in her judgements and she was cold in her delivery but she was also fair and while I never fully warmed up to her, all of that was part of her charm and I ended up liking her just the way that she was. The way that she was started to make sense once we got more of her background so alls well that ends well, in my opinion.

The heaviness of each episode makes this a very hard drama to watch. I cried a lot because so much of this show was just flat-out sad. There was so much ugliness and cruelty that I had to stop the show from time to time cause I needed a break from all of the heaviness. Even with all of the breaks that I took, I still finished this in one weekend. It’s a credit to the actors that I was able to do this. I was compelled to continue, even though so much of what I was watching made me uneasy. This drama left me wanting to call my daughter and make sure that she knows that I love her. It made me want to be a better person all around to lighten the world a little bit since I know that there is too much ugliness in the world already. I’m glad that I watched this drama and I highly recommend it though, please watch with caution cause there is hella dark shit in here.
Final Rating

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4.5 out of 5

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The Wednesday Five: K-Drama Romances

Posted July 20, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

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 My Favorite K-Drama Romances. When I say k-drama romances, I don’t mean k-dramas that are romances. I’m talking about the romance between two characters in a k-drama. I hope that makes sense. I’m a romantic at heart and will sniff a romance out of everything that I consume so I’m always shipping characters together. Today’s list will be on the k-dramas that made me swoon so hard. Check out my list which is in no particular order.


1. Fight for My Way

My Drama List | Viki
Starring: Park Seo Joon, Kim Ji Won, Ahn Jae Hong

I’m not sure what it is about these two but I absolutely adored their friendship that led to more romance. They were just a lot of fun and their romance had its fair share of dramatics but also had a good amount of swoonworthy moments. Watching these two best friends fall in love with each other was so much fun and just super sweet. I’m a HUGE fan of this drama and an even bigger fan of the romance in this k-drama.


2. Goblin

My Drama List | Viki
Starring: Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook

This one might be a little controversial because of the age difference between the main leads in this drama but that didn’t bother me so much because nothing happens between the two while Eun Tak is in high school. Even when she’s grown up, Kim Shin is steadfast in his refusal to date her. She’s his goblin bride and you can tell that she’s very dear to him but the way that he watched over her, cared for her, and took care of her made their slow-burn love just that much more endearing to me. I ugly-cried so much throughout this entire drama but the romance was just *sigh* so stinkin’ good. One of my favorite love stories of all time.


3. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

My Drama List | Viki
Starring: Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Shik, Ji Soo

Oh goodness, I think this is the romance that I go back to re-watch the most. These two had such great chemistry and they brought their romance to light so freaking well. The way that Min Hyuk loved her on his own for so long before she finally wises up and realizes that he’s the one for her, not Gook Doo. The payoff here was so sweet. I just melted at every turn of this romance because I loved it so much.


4. My Roommate is a Gumiho

My Drama List | Viki
Starring: Jang Ki Yong, Lee Hye Ri, Kang Ha Na

I’ve only seen Lee Hyeri in one other k-drama (the guest star in Record of Youth doesn’t count) and I loved her ass so much. She just has this vibe that I adore so I went into this drama for her but came out, a huge fan of the romance between Woo Yeo and Lee Dam. A lot of my love for their romance was the chemistry between the two actors but I loved the fantasy behind it all as well. They worked through their issues together and I loved that Lee Dam, no matter how things looked, trusted in her love for Woo Yeo to get through everything. Woo Yeo didn’t deserve Lee Dam a lot of the time but he always did better and through it all, I never doubted his love for her. So their romance was one that I cheered for most earnestly.


5. Happiness

My Drama List | Viki
Starring: Han Hyo Joo, Park Hyung Shik, Jo Woo Jin

I adore both of these actors so I was looking forward to the two of them starring in a drama together and they did not disappoint. I loved this friends to lovers romance and I gotta tell you, Park Hyung Shik plays the smitten best friend really well. I loved seeing Sae Bom fall in love with Yi Hyun and I loved seeing Yi Hyun protect and love Sae Bom on his own, quietly until she caught up to him. The way that they were a true team that loved and protected each other against everyone and everything just made me love their romance so much.

So what are some of your favorite romances in k-dramas? Share them in the comments!

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Review: All of Us Are Dead

Posted July 19, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

All of Us Are Dead

Starring: Park Ji Hoo, Yoon Chan Young, Jo Yi Hyun, Lomon
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 12
Genre: Contemporary, Horror, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Jo Yi Hyun

A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out — or turn into one of the rabid infected.
*** SPOILER ALERT! The following review will have spoilers (though I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible) so please don’t read on if you haven’t watched this drama. ***

The premise of this drama is pretty easy. A zombie outbreak happens in a high school and the students that haven’t been infected are trying to stay alive by fighting back against the infected zombie students but it ain’t easy. The uninfected are scared, teenagers, and no matter how hard they try, the zombies keep coming, making staying alive harder and harder with each episode.

In the past year or so, I’ve become a huge horror nerd. I used to hate all things scary and horror fell under that category for me. But these days, I love all things supernatural, all things horror, and I especially love zombies. I binge-watched this entire season in one day and I felt all of the feelings while doing so. I was entertained, I was annoyed, and I wanted to fight so many characters but I was invested in the main character’s journey and I was invested in trying to figure things out right along with the students in the high school.

I really connected with pretty much all of the main characters and though I wanted to smack the shit out of On Jo a time or two, I only wanted to push her out the window into the hungry zombies waiting down below like ten times, tops. I didn’t hate her in the end. If there was anyone that I wanted to kick into the depths of hell, it was this motherfucker:

No matter how many times those poor kids killed his ass, he just kept right on coming back time after time again. His determination to stay as alive as he can be and kill Cheong San would have been admirable if it wasn’t so damn annoying. He was a huge factor in why the uninfected would take two giant steps forward in their survival and then be pushed back ten steps. Between him and On Jo, I don’t know who I was more annoyed with. Because On Jo? Yeah, her heffah ass stayed on my damn nerves. The lengths that Cheong San went to protect her from the zombies, going above and beyond a next-door neighbor should have gone, pissed me off because did On Jo appreciate him or his efforts? Of course not but while I didn’t quite forgive her in the end, I didn’t hate her.

Overall, this was a fun way to spend the weekend. I was invested in everything going on. From the students trying to make it out of there alive and in one piece to the side romances that kept the story alive and running. I was rooting for Soo Hyeok and Nam Ra the most but I wanted On Jo for Cheong San, even though she didn’t deserve him, because she was who he wanted. I loved seeing Nam Ra (who I hear is in deep drunk driving trouble in real life, yikes) come into herself. The way that she kept everything at bay and did what she could to do the right thing warmed my zombie-loving heart. I definitely recommend this drama if you’re in the mood for some wholesome zombie-fighting fun. Even though it felt like everything was burning to the ground every episode, it’s a good one, I promise.
Final Rating

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4 out of 5

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Eye Candy Friday: Moon Ji Woong

Posted July 15, 2022 by Rowena in 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 Moon Ji Woong from Twenty Five, Twenty One. I adored his character so much and though I was hoping that he would fall in love with his best friend, I do love that he was forever faithful to the girl that he actually loved. He had such great chemistry with everyone on the show, even Baek Yijin and he brought such a happy vibe wherever he went and I just fucking loved him.






If you guys haven’t watched this show, you guys need to fix that, if for nothing else than to meet Moon Ji Woong. To know him, is to love him. I promise. That’s why he is this week’s Eye Candy Friday man.
Watch Twenty Five, Twenty One

Twenty-Five, Twenty-One


My Drama List | Netflix
Starring: Kim Tae Ri, Nam Joo Hyuk, Choi Hyun Wook
Year Released: 2022
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

In a time when dreams seem out of reach, a teen fencer pursues big ambitions and meets a hardworking young man who seeks to rebuild his life.

Na Hee Do is a member of her high school fencing team. Due to the South Korean financial crisis, the high school fencing team gets disbanded. Getting through all the difficulties, she becomes a member of the national fencing team.

The South Korean financial crisis also causes Baek Yi Jin’s father’s business to go bankrupt. This leads to a life change for Baek Yi Jin, from living the life of a wealthy person to a poor person. While studying, he works part-time jobs like delivering newspapers. Later, he becomes a sports reporter for a broadcasting network.

Until next week…enjoy!

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Review: Oh My Venus

Posted July 14, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Oh My Venus

Starring: So Ji Sub, Shin Min Ah, Jung Gyu Woon, Yoo In Young
Year Released: 2015
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Who I Watched It For: So Ji Sub

Kim Yeong Ho is a personal trainer for Hollywood stars. He reluctantly comes back to Korea to face his family after a scandal with an actress. Even though he comes from a wealthy family background, he suffered a devastating injury during his childhood days. Now, he overcomes his problems with living a healthy lifestyle. Kang Joo Eun is a 33-year-old lawyer who was once the beauty of her school, nicknamed “Daegu’s Venus”. Over the years she has become overweight and unhealthy. She gets dumped by her boyfriend of 15 years.

Kang Joo Eun meets Kim Yeong Ho, who agrees to be her personal trainer to help her get healthier. As they work on her physical transformation, they both discover they have feelings for each other. As they grow closer, they heal each other’s emotional wounds and fall in love.
One of my goals for this year is to write a review for every k-drama that I watch. It’s a thing that I used to do when I wrote book reviews since I was reading so much but since things are changed, k-drama reviews are where I’m taking this blog. I still have quite a few reviews to write to catch up this year but I’m slowly making progress and this is my fourth review of the year. Wish me luck.

Anyway, on with the review. This drama was recommended to me a while ago but I was never really that interested in it because of fat Shin Min Ah. The whole fat girl finds love but only after she loses all this weight message never appealed to me so I didn’t plan on watching this one but then…I watched it and while it wasn’t perfect, I didn’t hate it. I really enjoyed the chemistry between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah and the rest of the cast made tuning into this show a fun experience.

I’m not even going to lie. I watched this drama because 1) my Aunt wouldn’t stop raving about it and 2) I saw this picture…

So Ji Sub is fine as hell and watching his fine ass in another 16 episode drama held much appeal for me so without thinking too much about the plot, I jumped right in. It was very easy to fall into this drama and a huge part of that reason was fat Joo Eun. Her character completely won me over right from the very beginning. Her personality was so engaging and so bubbly that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. Whatever she was going through, I was on her side. Seeing her battle wits with John Kim was so much fun. I love how she kept running into him when she was in the most embarrassing situations. And I loved even more that every single time, he kept saving her. I even came to love that he was on her ass about losing weight because it was what she wanted. He didn’t let her slide on anything and he took helping her lose the weight seriously. Sometimes he took it too seriously but it’s all good in the hood because she more than kept up with him and I enjoyed her character so much.

As fun as Joo Eun’s transformation was, there were times when the story moved a little too slow for my liking. I felt like there was so much going on but a lot of the time was spent watching Joo Eun on the treadmill. But the slowness didn’t last too long so it didn’t turn me off the show entirely. I really liked the other characters, aside from the secondary romance couple. I never really warmed up to either of them though in the end, I didn’t hate either of them. I really loved John Kim’s team and how supportive they were to both John Kim and Joo Eun.

Overall, this was a fast and fun romance with a main couple that had great chemistry and delivered fantastic visuals. They worked well together and delivered a great drama. I’m glad that I gave this one a go and though I didn’t love it as much as my Aunt did, I did enjoy it and that’s what counts.
The OST


I will admit that though I liked the music while I was watching this drama, I never once thought to add the songs off the OST to my kdrama jams playlist on Spotify so while I liked this song when I heard it on the show, it’s not something that I listen to all the time.
Final Rating

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3.5 out of 5

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