Tag: Mystery

Review: Blind

Posted December 1, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Blind

Starring: Ok Taec Yeon, Ha Seok Jin, Jung Eun Ji, Jung In Ki, Jung Eui Wook, Park Ji Bin
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Director: Shin Yong Hwi
Screenwriter: Kwon Ki Kyung

Ryu Sung Joon, Ryu Sung Hoon, and Jo Eun Ki become involved in a serial murder case involving jury members as the victims. These three individuals try to uncover the truth behind the deaths.

Ryu Sung Joon works as an enthusiastic detective. He is always determined to catch the bad guys. Due to his determination, his arrest rate is always among the top for detectives. His older brother is Ryu Sung Hoon and he works as a judge. Ryu Sung Hoon is a perfectionist and smart enough to have passed the bar exam with the top score and graduated at the top of his class at the Judicial Research and Training Institute. He is an upright man who does his best to impart a fair judgment. Jo Eun Ki works as a social worker. She has a warm heart and is full of justice. She always puts people first and tries to be a reliable guardian to children who come from poor backgrounds.

I’m not sure why this drama came onto my radar but man am I glad that it did. I have enjoyed Ok Taec Yeon in every drama that I’ve seen him in and this drama wasn’t an exception. This drama introduced me to some new actors that I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for and from beginning to end, this drama had me captivated and wanting more. Everything about this drama was interesting.

The Story

The story here was out of this world crazy. It was one of the most thrilling dramas that I’ve watched all year the way that the story started, how it unfolded, and then how it ended? All of it was woven together so well that it was hard to say goodbye to this one. I’m going to miss the suspense, the thrills, and the OMG moments.

So this story starts off with a jury trial but as we get more and more into the drama, we start to realize that this particular story starts long before that jury trial but each member of the jury trial was specifically chosen for reasons that start to make sense as the drama continues. The above synopsis summarizes the story of this drama up really well and I’m trying to stay away from any major spoilers so I’ll keep this short and brief. Just trust me, the story is good.

The Cast

Each member of the cast did their thing in this one. I enjoyed every character (good and bad), and I liked how each character had a story to tell, had a part to play that moved the story along. Not one character felt out of place. There were no wasted characters or space in this one so I thought that was good.

Our three main leads led the way and were each memorable in their own way. They each brought something different, and unexpected, and the way that their story arcs wrapped up in the end was satisfying and just felt right.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this drama was packed with so much action, angst, and revenge that it was hard to keep up with everything. It was hard to get through at points because of that too. It was a really dark drama with a compelling story and a group of actors that really brought the story to life. I thought each actor did a fantastic job of carrying this story and keeping the viewer invested in what was going on. The writers did a great job of writing those plot twists and keeping those plot twists coming. So was this good? Heck yes. Do I recommend? Of course. Lots of great storytelling here so if you’re in the mood for a good thriller, try this one.

Final Rating

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4.5 out of 5

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Review: Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area – Part 1

Posted November 10, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area – Part 1

Starring: Yoo Ji Tae, Park Hae Soo, Jeon Jong Seo, Lee Won Jong, Kim Ji Hoon, Jang yoon Ju
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 6
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Director: Kim Hong Seon
Screenwriters: Ryu Yong Jae, Kim Hwan Chae, Choi Sung Joon
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Park Hae Soo

Thieves overtake the mint of a unified Korea. With hostages trapped inside, the police must stop them — as well as the shadowy mastermind behind it all.

I’m a sucker for a good thriller and anything Korean so once I heard that this was coming out, I placed it at the top of my to-be-watched list.

I have enjoyed Park Hae Soo in most of the shows that I’ve watched him in and I heard a lot of good things about the Spanish version but since I primarily watch Korean shows, I knew that I was going to watch this one. This was a good show though I wish that all episodes had been released together instead of the seasons being split up. Aside from that, there’s much to recommend this drama. It’s filled with loads of action, heaps of drama, and even a surprising romance that kept the show on the up and up. I just wasn’t ready for it to be finished so soon..with loads to still look forward to.

The Story

The premise is reminiscent of Oceans Eleven, where we have a team of con artists trying to pull off the heist of all heists and I’ve got to admit that this money heist had me gripped, at the edge of my seat, and wondering how it was all going to come together. The plan itself was pretty genius, the team had the right amount of good and bad to make things interesting and there were enough gotcha moments that had me all twisted up. My only gripe was that it all happened so fast. I was left wanting more but the overall story being told here was fun and entertaining.

I will say that the genius-ness of the plan was also pretty fucked up. I mean, there was a lot that went into play to make the plan come together and holy shit, all of the balls that were thrown in the air to make the plan come together was a whole lotta, whole lotta. I was here for all of it though. I’m mighty curious about where we go from here in the second sason.

The Cast

I wasn’t too familiar with the cast from other shows. Sure, some of them looked familiar but for the most part, I got to know their acting chops through this show alone. I liked all of their acting. I didn’t think any of them was a weak link and I thought they all brought something unique to each scene. I enjoyed the dynamics between those on the team that wanted to stick as close to the straight and narrow as they can and those that were just there to blow shit up.

There was a lot of badass eye candy, a lot of shady-ass people that I knew were there to cause trouble, and enough innocent victims to round things up and of all of the characters, my favorite has to be Denver. Not only was he fine as hell, but his character was interesting and I loved his relationship with his father and the romance that blossomed between him and his boo thang. He brought a lot of complications but man were those complications a whole lot of fun. I also really enjoyed Rio and Tokyo. Those two were cute, fun, and just an overall good time so I hope to see more from them in the second season.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a fast, fun, and furious six episodes that packed a serious punch. I thought the writing was strong, the acting was superb, and I thought the way that the writers and the director wove everything together was a nice touch to a pretty fantastic drama. I will definitely be tuning in for the second season, I just need it to hurry up and release. I’m a fan of this show and I definitely recommend it. Especially if you’re in the mood for some fast action, smart drama, and loads of eye candy. This show delivers all on fronts.

Final Rating

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4 out of 5

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Review: Again My Life

Posted November 8, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Again My Life

Starring: Lee Joon Gi, Lee Kyung Young, Kim Ji Eun, Jung Sang Hoon, Choi Kwang Il, Hong Bi Ra
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Law, Mystery
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Kim Ji Eun

Kim Hee Woo came from an inauspicious start as a low-grade high schooler to work his way up through university and finally pass the bar examination. His relentless hard work has finally paid dividends, and he has become a public prosecutor. During the course of his investigations, he must conduct a probe into a politician suspected of corruption. But his investigation is abruptly ended when a mysterious man kills him.

However, he later comes to, finding that he is actually alive. Restored to the mortal realm, he finds that he must return to university and complete his academic journey again – while he tries to discover the truth about what happened to him. On his journey, he encounters Kim Hee Ah, an exceptionally intelligent young woman who also happens to be the youngest daughter of the family that owns the wealthy Cheonha business group. As Kim Hee Woo and Kim Hee Ah intensify their search for answers, they discover that a shady cabal of rich power brokers may have played a part in his “death.”

I really enjoyed Kim Ji Eun in The Veil so when I went looking at other shows she was in, this one came up. I watched this entire show after all the episodes aired so I binged it over a weekend but every episode was interesting and I was rooting for Kim Hee Woo to get it right this time around and even though the romance was super small, I enjoyed Kim Ji Eun’s character in this show as well.

Our main character is offered a second chance at life if he promises to use that life preparing to take down the bad guys that he was fighting against in this life. He’ll return with his full memory in tact but he’s got a figure out how to get it right this time around. Interesting plot, right? I thought so and I’m glad that I gave this one a go because I enjoyed it.

Main Lead

This drama centered around our main lead, Kim Hee Woo, who was played by Lee Joon Gi. I haven’t watched very many shows with Joon Gi at the lead so this was my first one. I greatly enjoyed seeing him in action. I thought he did a great job leading this drama from beginning to end. His character was well rounded. He had me laughing, gasping in shock, and crying as well. I felt all of the feels watching this and I have zero complaints with Joon Gi’s delivery, with the way that he wove his character’s story and the way that he was dogged in his determination to bring the bad guys down. Gotta respect that and I did.

Second Lead

The second lead was the bad guy. I’ve seen him in several other dramas before and I can’t remember if he’s ever played a good guy. I will say that he plays the role of villain really well. I hated him in every single drama that I watched him in and this drama was no different. It was low-key scary how many people he had in his back pocket. The power he held in this drama was creepy at the same time that it was scary. It was satisfying to see him watch his dynasty crumble bit by bit because of Hee Woo’s drive to blow his shit up. There was no stone left unturned and I rather enjoyed watching Cho Tae Seob suffer with each passing episode.

Lee Kyung Young’s portrayal of Cho Tae Seob was a good one. He did his job well cause I hated his ass from the jump. I was actually surprised that he spread himself so thin on account of holding on to all of that power that he had. From the top to the bottom, there was someone from every walk of life working for him. And he was a real jerk, too. So they weren’t following him because they respected and wanted to help him, they were scared to do anything else. I was glad to see this guy fall from grace and I thought it was interesting, the way that Hee Woo did it too.

The Cast

Most of the cast was familiar to me from other dramas and I liked each and every single person. Everyone did their jobs well and I don’t have a gripe with anyone really. I really liked the team that Hee Woo put together and I liked everyone that came together to bring the big bad down. It was a lot of fun getting to know everyone and seeing how their small or big parts came together to paint a pretty awesome drama picture. I was happy with everyone.

The Story

The story was a fast-paced story that kept you interested with each episode. There are a lot of thrilling moments and scenes that had me wondering where it was all going. The story itself was solid and the cast did their thing in bringing that story to life. There weren’t too many gaps in the storytelling that I could remember and though there were some episodes that dragged a smidge for me, for the most part, I enjoyed it. The only thing that I would have wished for is for the romance to have played a bigger role in the overall story. Still, some romance is better than no romance, right? I just felt that the romance was barely there and then BAM, they’re engaged and then even bigger BAM, they’re living happily ever after…like what?

Overall, this was a fast-paced, action thriller of a drama that had me gripped in each episode. While it wasn’t the most perfect of dramas, it came pretty close and if you’re in the mood for a mystery, some fantasy, and a great cast of characters, pick this one up. It’s a good one, I promise.

Final Rating

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4 out of 5

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Review: The Witch: Part 1, The Subversion

Posted October 6, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

The Witch: Part 1, The Subversion

Starring: Kim Da Mi, Choi Woo Shik, Go Min Si, Jo Min Soo, Park Hee Soon, Kim Byeong Ok, Choi Jeong Wook, Jung Da Eun, Jeong Ye Jin, Tae Won Kwon
Year Released: 2018
Genre: Action, Mystery
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Watched It For: Kim Da Mi

When she was young, Ja-yoon escaped from a government facility, but lost all her memory. 10 years later, when she appears on a nationally televised competition to win money for her family, her life is turned upside down by faces from her past.

I watched this movie when I saw that my girl Kim Da Mi from Itaewon Class starred in it. I’m super glad that I did watch this movie because Yi Seo was badass in this. She played this part so well that I was super impressed throughout the entire movie. From beginning to end, she just flat out rocked. When she shows up at that farm, all bloodied and scared til the end, when she’s sitting in that house and with no kind of expression, threatening the girl that steps up to kill her, I was impressed.

So this movie is about a young girl named Ja Yoon who was taken in by an older couple when she shows up on their farm, bloodied and bruised and scared out of her pants. Out of the kindness of their hearts, they take her in and they raise as their own. Ten years later, she in high school, and in order to help her parents with their failing farm, she enters a singing contest that the winner will win 500 million won. Once she starts singing on the show, weird things start happening. Weird things like strange guys showing up on the train and scaring the pants off her friend and asking her the weirdest questions, and a group of people including the guy from the train, showing up in her town and telling her to run home to her parents and making her do just that. Then there were the thug-like men who showed up and tried to take her from the singing competition and when she wakes up in the middle of the night to a house full of people that are trying to harm her family, her internal instincts kick in and she turns into freaking Black Widow on crack…and better.

The movie just kept getting better and better with all of these twists and turns and I thought that Kim Da Mi was the bomb in this. I loved her as Yi Seo in Itaewon Class because I thought that she was a total bad-ass but she’s just as bad-ass in this movie so I really think that she plays these bad-ass characters really well. I’m a great big fan of her so far and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her stuff.

I also liked seeing Choi Woo Shik as the villain in this one. I became a fan of his while watching Parasite and really enjoyed seeing him be a bad guy in this movie. He really played that part well because I wanted to kick his nuts every time that he came onto the screen and that fight scene between him and my girl Da Mi was bloody fantastic. The ending to this movie was pretty abrupt and I’m wondering if there’s more to this story that we have yet to see and I hope that’s the case because I’m interested in seeing that. All in all, this was a pretty fab action movie that I enjoyed a great deal. I recommend it for sure.

Final Rating

4.25 out of 5

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Review: The Man from Nowhere

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
Country: Korea
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.

Final Rating

4.25 out of 5

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