Posted December 27, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments
Starring: Kim Go Eun, Nam Ji Hyun, Park Ji Hoon, Wi Ha Joon, Uhm Ki Joon, Uhm Ji Won
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: Drama, Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Director: Kim Hee Won
Screenwriter: Jung Seo Kyung
Where to Watch: Netflix
About three sisters with a close bond who grew up in poverty. It is the exciting story of the sisters as they get embroiled in a major incident and face off against the wealthiest family in the nation.
Kim Go Eun plays the eldest sister Oh In Joo, who wants to protect her family with money. Growing up in extreme poverty, her only dream was to live as well off as other normal people, but a major incident completely shakes up her life.
Nam Ji Hyun takes on the role of the second sister Oh In Kyung, a news reporter who does not want to bow down to money and aims to always do what’s right. When a mysterious case from her early reporter days returns close to her, she starts digging for the truth.
Park Ji Hu transforms into Oh In Hye, the youngest overwhelmed by the love of her older sisters who work hard for her. Although she has never even used decent art supplies due to their family’s financial situation, she enters an art high school with her natural talent.
I’m super soft for both Kim Go Eun and Wi Ha Joon so it was a no-brainer that I was going to be all up in this dramas business. Add in Nam Ji Hyun and it was a must watch for me.
This show centers around the Oh sisters. They grew up poor and though they hate it, they don’t know anything else so they just do the best that they can for each other. The oldest Oh sister, In Joo works a day job that helps pay the family bills but with irresponsible parents, she can never get ahead. She tries her best to help her sisters stay afloat but there is never enough money when there is enough money, the money comes with an onslaught of problems that sends her on a spiral of action to try to keep her family safe and out of harm’s way.
The second sister, In Kyung, is a reporter who is always fighting the good fight and reporting on it. She takes pride in her work and never lets anything bad slide and she kind of bulldozes her way through each story. She seems so strong and capable but she’s hiding a secret that will destroy all of that and when she runs into a story that she can’t walk away from, no matter how much danger it puts her in, she stands firm in trying to find out the truth.
The youngest sister, In Hye, is a high school student who just wants to paint and go overseas to an art school to grow her art. She loves her family but feels smothered from her older sisters’ care and love. When she finds a way for her to make money using her talents with art, she jumps at the chance and becomes involved with a family that is shady as shit.
The thing that I found interesting about this drama was how each sister had their own set of struggles but they were all knee-deep in the same drama. They were all coming at the drama from different directions and each of their parts in the story being told had me at the edge of my seat each week. Each week left me wanting more and though I spent a good deal in the beginning, confused as hell, the way that the overall story unfolded was neat and I was a fan. The characters that I’m supposed to love, I hella loved and the characters that I’m supposed to hate, I thoroughly hated their asses so each actor and actress served what needed serving. The way that this story wraps up was satisfying though I would have been completely satisfied had there been more romance between In Joo and Do Il and if there was more of a conclusion for them as well. But, I guess I’ll write my own ending for them in my head, haha.
Is it the perfect drama? Nah. But it is still super enjoyable and visually stunning. I really enjoyed this one and thought everyone delivered their roles really well and everyone looks really good in it as well. I totally recommend, especially if you like looking at Wi Ha Joon. 🙂
4 out of 5
Tags: 12 Episodes, 2022 Dramas, 4.0 Reviews, Action, Drama, Jung Seo Kyung, Kim Go Eun, Kim Hee Won, Korean Dramas, Little Women, Mystery, Nam Ji Hyun, Netflix, Park Ji Hoo, Suspense, Thriller, Uhm Ji Won, Uhm Ki Joon, Wi Ha Joon
Posted November 24, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments
Starring: Park Hyung Shik, Han So Hee, Kim Joo Heon, Yoon Byung Hee, Park Min Jung, Park Hoon
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 4
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: South Korea
Director: Kim Hee Won
Screenwriter: Ahn Sae Bom
Where I Watched It: Disney Plus
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Park Hyung Shik
Two people have been friends for two decades, but a mere two weeks of living together blurs that fine line between love and friendship.
Han Sun Woo is a handsome rookie photographer with a warm personality, while Seo Eun Soo is a lively, straightforward, and honest person who openly expresses her feelings. Three years ago, she seized a chance opportunity to become a lyricist. Nowadays details of their relatable romance are subtly interwoven into her musical compositions.
This show was on my watch list the moment I knew that Park Hyung Shik signed up for it. I love me some PHS so I was going to watch this no matter what. I had to wait a bit before it showed up on Disney Plus but the minute that it did, I was on it. I watched the entire thing in one work day. It was short and it was sweet and I’m glad that I watched it.
Park Hyung Shik was as great as he usually is and I’m SO glad that he’s back from his military enlistment.
This drama is about two best friends. Sunwoo and Eunsoo. They’ve been best friends since they were nine years old and Sunwoo has been in love with Eunsoo for about that long as well. We follow along as they come to terms with their feelings for each other. Sunwoo, thinking that maybe it’s time to move on from Eunsoo to save their friendship and Eunsoo, coming to the realization that maybe the love that she’s never had was right there all along.
Main Male Lead
I am a sucker for an unrequited love story and my guy Sunwoo was in love with his best friend, all on his own. For years. Park Hyung Shik plays this role really well. I’m sure that I would enjoy watching him act in a toilet paper commercial but I was really soft for Sunwoo. He was a great friend. He was a good person. And seeing him step back from confessing his feelings for his best friend because she turned him down before he could ever say anything, made for an angsty romance that I thought Park Hyung Shik carried really well. He does those longing looks justice, haha.
Sunwoo was a talented photographer who had a shot for international recognition for his work and seeing him struggle with staying or going made my heart hurt for him. I was happy with his choice and I was a really big fan of Sunwoo so I was rooting for him from the jump. Loved him.
Main Female Lead
I haven’t watched a lot of things with Han Sohee but I did enjoy her in this one. Seeing her slowly come into her feelings for Sunwoo made the show all the more interesting. Sure, I thought that she took her sweet time coming into those feelings but all is well that ends well. I never doubted her feelings when she finally realizes that she’s in love with Sunwoo and was scared that she might be too late. It made their coming together all the more worthwhile since she suffered on her own just like Sunwoo did.
I did wonder how I would have felt if I didn’t share my best friend’s feelings and found folders and folders of pictures of myself on his computer. I had secondhand embarrassment for Sunwoo but Eunsoo handled that whole thing just like she handled everything else, clumsily but cutely. Go figure that this show was only four episodes and yet, it felt like it took forever for Eunsoo to come into her feelings. But when she finally realizes them and acts on them, I was so satisfied.
There was only one familiar face included in this cast but it was a pleasant familiar face. I didn’t like him for Eunsoo but I did like seeing him again. I also enjoyed the couple that ran the restaurant that Eunsoo and Sunwoo frequented, I adored Eunsoo’s Mom, and I liked Sunwoo’s work friends (except the girl that tried to hit on him, haha) as well. Most of the screentime was spent on Sunwoo and Eunsoo so there wasn’t much left over for the rest of the cast but still, the cast did a great job with the time they were given and I enjoyed them all.
There were only four episodes in this entire drama but I never once felt cheated or felt that their relationship, their story, or anything else for that matter was rushed. It was like a long movie that hit all of the right buttons to make my heart happy. There were soft moments, more emotional moments, and a lovely romance that I really enjoyed from beginning to end. It’s another great addition to Park Hyung Shik’s acting resume and I definitely recommend it.
4.5 out of 5
Tags: 2022 Dramas, 4 Episodes, 4.5 Reviews, Ahn Sae Bom, Disney Plus, Drama, Friends to Lovers, Han So Hee, HiTV, Kim Hee Won, Kim Joo Heon, Korean Dramas, Music, Park Hoon, Park Hyung Shik, Park Min Jung, Romance, Unrequited Love, Watched in 2022, Yoon Byung Hee
Posted September 15, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments
The Man from Nowhere
Male Lead: Won Bin
Also Starring: Kim Sae Ron, Kim Hee Won, Kim Tae Hoon
Year Released: 2010
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Won Bin
A former Army Intelligence spy is forced to give up his quiet existence to save the life of a little girl.
Cha Tae Sik (Won Bin) owns a run-down pawn shop in a sketchy neighborhood. Known as “ajusshi” to everyone in the neighborhood, Tae Sik mostly keeps to himself and only befriends a young girl named So Mi (Kim Sae Ron), who comes to hang out at his shop when her drug-addicted mom, Hyo Jung (Kim Hyo Seo), is entertaining men.
When Hyo Jung steals heroine from a dangerous crime organization, crime lord Oh Myung Gyu (Song Young Chang) sends his subordinates, brothers Man Seok (Kim Hee Won) and Jong Seok (Kim Sung Oh) and their henchman Lum Ramrowa (Thanayong Wongtrakul), after Hyo Jung. When the gangsters come to Tae Sik’s pawn shop looking for Hyo Jong, Jong Seok and his men end up taking Hyo Jung and So Mi captive.
The gangsters soon learn that they messed with the wrong guy, as it turns out that Tae Sik is a former covert operative for the South Korean Army Intelligence. Tae Sik goes after the dangerous gangsters to try to save So Mi’s life, but can he get to her in time?
“The Man From Nowhere” is a 2010 South Korean film written and directed by Lee Jeong Beom. It was the highest-grossing film of 2010.
I came across this movie while browsing the movie selection on Viki. I was in the mood for something with action and something with suspense and thrills and this one fit the bill. This movie is about a man from nowhere who owns a pawn shop and lives a quiet life. He keeps to himself and has exactly one friend. A young girl named So Mi. Even though he’s a solitary man, Cha Tae Sik has become fond of his young friend who has a Mom that doesn’t care enough about her and no friends of her own so when she’s kidnapped because of her mother’s poor choices, Tae Sik’s former army intelligence spy ass wakes the fuck up and goes to save his little friend.
This was another entertaining watch. The thrills, the suspense, and the action are all packed up nicely in this one and I was completely absorbed in the story. The actors did their jobs well and I wasn’t taken out of the action once because someone lacked in any scene. Even the young girl who played So Mi acted her little heart out and I was here for it all. Even though the movie itself is a little on the dark side, So Mi brings a heartwarming character that really shines in this movie. When she was hurt and scared, I felt that but on the flip side, when she was happy and bubbly, I felt that as well.
This was a great introduction to these actors and I’m looking forward to seeing more of both Won Bin and Kim Sae Ron’s work. They were a great pair and I really liked seeing them become friends and seeing them care for the other, even though they were nowhere near the same age. Every time So Mi called Tae Sik “Ajusshi” I smiled because her tone was never the same and yet it was endearing every single time she said it. She knew that she got on his nerves and she knew that she was a little pest but she also knew that he would take care of her when her Mom wouldn’t.
Overall, the movie is a good one and I really think if you’re in the mood for some action, a charming little character then this is the movie to try out. I definitely recommend it.
4.25 out of 5
Tags: 4.25 Reviews, Action, Crime, Kim Hee Won, Kim Sae Ron, Kim Tae Hoon, Korean Movies, Movie Reviews, Mystery, Won Bin