Tag: Romance

Review: Our Blues

Posted October 27, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Our Blues

Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Shin Min Ah, Cha Seung Won, Lee Jung Eun, Uhm Jung Hwa, Han Ji Min, Kim Woo Bin, Kim Hye Ja, Go Doo Shim
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 20
Genre: Life, Drama, Melodrama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: Park Jimin
Who I Watched It For: Park Jimin

“Our Blues” takes on an omnibus-style drama, which tells the story of diverse characters that are somewhat interconnected, in one way or the other.

Lee Dong Suk, a guy born on the beautiful island of Jeju, sells goods from the mainland in his truck for a living. He meets Min Sun Ah, a girl with a mysterious past, who has come to Jeju to escape that life.

Park Jung Joon, a ship captain, falls in love with Lee Young Ok, a diver with a bright and bubbly personality.

Jung Eun Hee, a fish shop owner, reunites with her past lover Choi Han Soo. They cross paths in Jeju Island when he returns back, after realizing that city life is not for him.

I went into this drama because of Park Jimin. Jimin was singing one of the songs on the OST so to support my fellow Bulletproof Boyscout, I put this drama on my to watch list. I won’t lie. This show started off really slow. The first couple of stories dragged for me and I wasn’t sure that I’d continue because I had to hype myself up to watch the new episodes in the beginning but boy am I glad that I kept with it. With each passing week, I cried a little more and then when Jimin’s song with Ha Sung Woon finally makes its debut? I cried EVEN MORE. The song matched the couple’s story so well that I came to love the song even more as well.

There’s a lot of characters to follow in this show but I loved each and every story, every character, and just the entire town. Lee Young Ok’s character was hard to root for. She was so mysterious, so frustratingly hard to get to know that it turned me off but as her story starts to come to light more and more, I hated her less and less. While I didn’t completely understand the reasons she did the things that she did to and for her sister, in the end, I was glad that she found a home and I was glad that she could stop running from her life.

Each character in this show had a story to tell and we saw them all. Big stories, little stories, stories told through other stories, the way that the writers meshed them all together was pretty great. I can’t tell you which story was my favorite because it’s a tie between the pregnancy story and the granddaughter coming to stay with the grandmother. I cried the most in those two stories but each story was pretty great in their own right. All of the actors did a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life and I loved that each character shined in their own way and added to the village that I came to know and love in the end.

There’s a lot to love with this drama. Lots of great acting, a fantastic OST, and a lot of pretty eye candy to look at as well. The pacing is on the slower side but I thought it worked well with the kind of drama that this was. Everything comes at you but the overall feel of the drama is slow, steady, and oh so good. I really enjoyed this one and I think y’all will too.

Final Rating

4.5 out of 5

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Review: My Liberation Notes

Posted October 13, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

My Liberation Notes

Starring: Kim Ji Won, Lee Min Ki, Son Seok Koo, Lee El
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama, Life, Melodrama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Kim Ji Won

Set in Sanpo Village where more people leave than remain, the three Yeom siblings, Chang Hee, Mi Jung, and Ki Jung, wish to escape from a life rife with uncertainty.

A mysterious man, Mr. Goo, moves into their neighborhood. He is a drunkard with the look of someone with many burdens and secrets. His cautious personality and preference for keeping to himself make him the subject of gossip. Mi Jung, the youngest and most timid Yeom sibling, decides to approach him.

I’m not sure why I wanted to watch this show, other than I’m a big fan of Kim Ji Won, but I’m so so glad that I did. The show moved at such a slow pace and while normally, I would have lost interest in the show, that wasn’t the case with this show at all. This story benefitted from the slow pacing. There were times when it moved a smidge too slow for my liking but after all was said and done, I could see why it was done that way. The show follows three siblings as they live their lives. They’re all unhappy and trying their best to stay afloat and you could see them all splintering bit by bit.

The oldest sister is unhappy with her dating life, with her home life, and she’s chasing happiness with every fiber of her being. She keeps striking out and the chinks in her armor are cracking but she keeps getting up every day, ready to tackle the next bullshit that comes her way. There were quite a few times when I wanted to smack some sense into her but the more you get to know her, the more that you feel for her because no matter how bad things got for her, she just kept getting back up to face things head on and I admired her for that. I enjoyed her storyline and thought her romance was the right kind of slow burn kind. It worked for me. I loved seeing her really come into her own and made me realize that you’re never too old learn and grow.

The brother was going through his own shit and seeing him trying to find his own happiness and watching him come to the realizations that he did over the course of this show was interesting. I really enjoyed his character and though there were times I wanted to strangle his ass too, I never hated him. I was rooting for him from beginning to end and seeing him struggle to live the kind of life he wanted, with his parents blessings and seeing him with his friends endeared him to me. I was definitely satisfied with the way that his story wrapped up.

The younger sister, that was my dawg. My spirit sister. I connected with her character the most and I rooted for her the loudest. She was struggling through her own issues, her own choices, and on the outside, she looked fine but on the inside, my girl was a hot mess. She was a giant ball of emotions and she got up every day and did her part in helping her family while trying to figure out her life. The romance that blossomed between her and the guy that worked for her dad was different from what I’m used to but it was seriously compelling. I loved that she was able to find peace and that she was able to give him some peace in return. Seeing him drink himself to death was hard but it made me very curious to know his story. To know why he was so hellbent on destroying himself.

Overall, this drama packed a serious punch. The slow storytelling worked at making me come to love each and every single character. It wasn’t easy to watch it, that’s for sure, but sticking with it totally paid off because I wanted each of these characters to find the peace they so desperately wanted and needed. There were times when I had to step away from the show but I knew that I would always come back and the peace I felt when it all wrapped up let me know that I really enjoyed this show. I definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a solid story about family, about life, and about finding your peace.

Final Rating

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4.5 out of 5

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Review: A Business Proposal

Posted September 27, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

A Business Proposal

Starring: Ahn Hyo Seop, Kim Se Jeong, Kim Min Gue, Seol In Ah
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Ahn Hyo Seop

Shin Ha Ri is a single woman and works for a company. She has a male friend, who she has had a crush on for a long time, but she learns he has a girlfriend. Shin Ha Ri feels sad and decides to meet her friend Jin Young Seo, who is a daughter of a chaebol family. Jin Young Seo then asks Shin Ha Ri to take her place in a blind date and even offers some money for her time. Shin Ha Ri accepts her friend’s offer. She goes out on the blind date as Jin Young Seo, while having the intention to get rejected by her date. When she sees her blind date, Shin Ha Ri is dumbfounded. Her blind date is Kang Tae Mu. He is the CEO of the company where she works.

Kang Tae Mu is the CEO of a company that his grandfather founded. One day, his grandfather informed him of an upcoming blind date that he set up for him. Kang Tae Mu is a workaholic and he is annoyed that his grandfather sets up blind dates for him. He decides to marry the next woman whom he meets at a blind date, so he won’t be disturbed from his work anymore. That woman is Shin Ha Ri, but pretending to be Jin Young Seo.

On the following day, Shin Ha Ri receives a phone call from Kang Tae Mu. He asks her to marry him.

I’m a big fan of Ahn Hyo Seop so the minute I heard that this show was coming out, I added it to my watch list. I will always watch whatever he’s in and I’m glad that I gave this one a shot because it was a fun one.

The show is a modern-day love story between the CEO of a big food company and one of the employees at the company. They don’t know each other and they meet when the employee shows up at her best friend’s blind date with the CEO, pretending to be the best friend. That blind date sets the story rushing down the road of lies, and funny moments, and introduces a quirky cast of characters that you’ll be rooting on from beginning to end. It’s not one of those heavy dramas that are bogged down with a whole lot of heavy things. It’s a fast-paced romance that will take all of your worries away for a few hours and who doesn’t need that from time to time?

Ahn Hyo Seop plays our fine-ass CEO, Kang Tae Moo, and I thought he played the character well. I enjoyed watching him fall in love with the woman that exasperated him at every turn and I loved the way that once he made his mind up, there wasn’t any turning back. He was determined and driven and just marked all of my favorite things about a male lead. I adored him to pieces and that’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of times when I thought he was a bonehead that needed a swift kick in the ass. In the end, all is well that ends well and I didn’t have any complaints about where we left things with Kang Tae Moo.

Kim Se Jeong played our quirky and lovable female lead, Shin Ha Ri. She was a sweet, caring, and completely adorable female lead, and there were still quite a few times when I wanted to cuss her ass out too. I thought she kept the lie going far too long and the amount of times that she kept walking into stupid shit had me rolling my eyes but through all of that, I still quite adored her. Kim Se Jeong has fast become one of my go-to k-drama actresses to support and I thought she did a great job of bringing Shin Ha Ri to life. She captured that sweetness of her character extremely well and even though I kept rolling my eyes at the situations she found herself in, I powered through because Se Jeong was just too hot damn adorable not to keep supporting. Her heart was always in the right place and seeing her come to realize that her lifelong crush on someone that has never made a move on her and turning her focus to someone that is more than willing to be her man made the romance just that much sweeter to me.

As much as I enjoyed the main romance, the magic of this show, at least for me, was in the secondary romance between Kim Min Gue and Seol In Na’s characters. Every single scene between these two had me grinning from ear to ear. Their romance was too cute and I was so invested in their stories, in their romance, and just everything they were about. They had their fair shares of being boneheads but I didn’t care about any of that because those two characters made sense together and I loved seeing them fumble their way to their happy ending. I have so much love for them.

Overall, this drama was light and it was fun and it was just filled to the brim with things that made me happy. Don’t get me wrong, there are loads of corniness and heaps of wtf moments but through it all, the characters, their stories, and the romances will make the ride enjoyable anyway. I’m so glad that I watched this and though the ending was a little weak, the rest of the drama makes up for that. There are loads of eye candy and laugh-out moments and I’m sure that if you gave this one a shot, you’ll be glad you watched it too.

Final Rating


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4 out of 5

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Review: Forecasting Love and Weather

Posted July 28, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Forecasting Love and Weather

Starring: Park Min Young, Song Kang, Yoon Park, Yura
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Romance, Office Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Song Kang

A romance drama about the work and love in the office of National Weather Service, hotter than tropical nights and more unpredictable than localized heavy rains.

Jin Ha Kyung is an intelligent and highly organized individual who does everything by the book and is fastidious about keeping her personal and professional lives separate. Due to her cold demeanor, she has few friends at work and has become an “outsider by choice.”

Lee Shi Woo is a free spirit who is always thinking outside the box. Although he can appear clumsy, he boasts an impressive IQ of 150 and is able to achieve anything once he sets his mind to it. However, in spite of his intelligence and abilities, all he cares about is the weather.

Han Ki Joon is a handsome and quick-witted character with a silver tongue. Using his formidable powers of persuasion, Han Ki Joon eventually gets scouted by the spokesperson’s office after struggling in the early days of his career at the service. However, because he has lived his entire life as a model student, he has a hard time dealing with failure.

Chae Yoo Jin is a daily weather reporter. Although she went into her job with lofty dreams of breaking news, exciting scoops, and on-site reports, Chae Yoo Jin was ultimately assigned to the “weather and lifestyle team.” While she was initially disappointed by the assignment, she eventually comes to grow fond of her job.

Park Min Young and Song Kang are two actors that I like so I knew that I was going to watch this one when it dropped. I watched the entire thing and this was one of those shows that while I was watching it, was great. I enjoyed the characters, the romance between the main and secondary leads but the time in between??? Yeah, I was never rushing to watch the new episodes.

The main leads delivered their characters well. I enjoyed getting to know both Ha Kyung and Shi Woo. They were good at their job and I loved how protective Shi Woo was over Ha Kyung’s reputation at work though I felt their romance moved at warped speed in the beginning, I came to really love their mature relationship. I loved how Ha Kyung was all in, honest in how she felt, and quick to apologize when she was wrong. She was a lot better than I am because even when she had an attitude, she was able to set things right without blowing shit up. When the inevitable break up happens, I thought it was pretty dumb and though their romance happened pretty quickly, the pacing of the show as a whole was pretty slow and I think that played a huge role in why it took me so long to gear up to watch the episodes every week.

I did think that their jobs were interesting and never would have paid any mind to forecasters if I hadn’t watched this show. This show paints a realistic picture of how important and how varied the jobs of forecasters and weather people are. At least, a realistic picture in the sense of every factor in the decisions and announcements that they make to the public. Their jobs aren’t easy ones and I loved seeing their work dynamic with their team. The reporters who report the weather have loads to juggle as well and seeing all of these guys in their element made watching the show easier when I was watching it.

I was surprised at how much I came to enjoy the secondary romance. When we first meet the secondary couple, we’re not fans of them. Their story unfolds slowly and goes from I hate them to I don’t care for them to awwww, I hope they make it strange for me since I hate cheaters and these two cheated on the main couple when they were together. Still, all well that ends well and everyone ended up with who they were meant to end up with. I also liked the romance between Ha Kyung’s sister and Ha Kyung’s co-worker. I loved Ha Kyung’s meddling mother and I hated Shi Woo’s dad.

I loved the weather team and seeing them all struggle through their personal lives at the same time trying to provide up-to-date weather reports to the public. I thought the way that they all took their jobs seriously was commendable and I cheered for all of them both personally and professionally. Overall, this show was slow to develop but had a satisfying ending that made me happy. The romance was strong and it was sweet, the weather stuff was interesting and I didn’t think it would be and the show itself was solid. I definitely recommend it.

The OST

Final Rating

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3.5 out of 5

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Review: Twenty Five, Twenty One

Posted July 26, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Twenty Five, Twenty One

Starring: Kim Tae Ri, Nam Joo Hyuk, Bona, Choi Hyun Wook, Lee Joo Myung
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Nam Joo Hyuk, Choi Hyun Wook

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.

I wanted to watch this show because both Nam Joo Hyuk and Choi Hyun Wook were in it. I was still riding high on my love of Racket Boys and wanted to support Choi Hyun Wook’s new project so as soon as the drama dropped, I was on it.

This drama follows a young protagonist who is determined to be the best fencer in South Korea. She meets a young man named Baek Ye Jin and becomes fast friends with him. Na Hee Do was such a vibe. I loved the hell out of young Hee Do. I also loved the hell out of young Ye Jin. Seeing them meet, bicker, and then become friends before developing romantic feelings for each other was a whole lot of fun. I adored the first half of this show. Seeing high school Hee Do battle her Mom to be able to keep fencing and seeing Ye Jin struggle to find his place in the world now that he wasn’t the rich kid anymore made tuning in every week a lot of fun. Things were hard for Ye Jin but I loved that he didn’t give up and he just kept right on grinding, even though he kept getting kicked down. I loved the friendship that blossomed between him and Hee Do, too. The faith that Hee Do had in him gave him the wings he needed to find his footing. I cheered for the two of them on their own and I cheered for them together.

The romance between these two was one for the books. I adored every moment they shared with each other when they were young. I was oohing and ahhing over every journal entry right along with Hee Do’s daughter. I kept hoping that they would somehow find their way back to each other even though current Hee Do and Ye Jin didn’t seem to keep in touch at all…and that’s where a lot of my issues with this show started and ended. The reasons they broke up and couldn’t be together made no sense with the kind of relationship that Hee Do ended up in. So they had this intense love affair and were each other’s whole world but couldn’t be together because they couldn’t do the long distance thing….and then Hee Do grows up and has a husband that works abroad? How does that make any sense? Grrr….I’m still not over my attitude about that. It sucked that we spent an entire season cheering for a couple, only for them to not end up together in the end. And the reason is just too stupid for me to understand.

Now, aside from my attitude over how everyone ends up when they’re older, my very favorite thing about this show was these guys…

This squad was everything. I absolutely adored these guys. It took me a little bit to warm up to Yu Rim but once she joins the squad, I came to really love her. Things were hard for her and my heart hurt for the sacrifices she felt she had to make for her family but I loved that she was just Yu Rim to these guys and even though I was really shipping Ji Woong with Seung Wan, I wasn’t mad that he ended up with Yu Rim.

As much as I loved everyone in this show, my favorite character was Moon Ji Woong. Hee Do was great. Seung Wan was great. Ye Jin was great. Yu Rim ended up being great. But Ji Woong? He was the best. He was funny. He was sincere in everything he did and I absolutely loved his man crush on Ye Jin. Every time he showed Ye Jin how much he loved him, I laughed so much. I loved how he showed up for his friends and I really loved the way that Seung Wan showed up for him. They were the definition of best friends and I really enjoyed their relationship.

There was a lot to cover in this drama and I thought the actors handled their jobs incredibly well. Had this had a better ending, this would have been very high on my favorite dramas of 2022 list. But I couldn’t get over that ending and the second half of the show made me want to kick a wall so while the first half was great, the second half wasn’t and that bummed me out.

The OST

There’s some great music on the OST though I haven’t added any of the songs to my k-drama playlist. Maybe that’ll change, I’m not sure yet.

Final Rating

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3.5 out of 5

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