“I prayed hard but you still died.” Uncontrollably Fond KDrama Series Review

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The thing about Uncontrollably Fond is that it tapped into those memories of lost and depressing love that people don’t want to look back anymore in their lives.  It was not a happy-ever-after kind of romance that appeals typically to almost anyone, instead it delved to the most shameful, most regretful and most painful things anyone can do because of love.

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QUICK SUMMARY

At the height of his career, debonair top actor Shin Joon Young received the news of his terminal illness.  To make his fate worse, he met again the only woman he ever loved – Noh Eul, whom he lost a few years ago.  Their tragic love goes way back when both of them were still in school.  Joon Young was raised by his mother to become a prosecutor to follow the footsteps of his famous biological father who didn’t know he existed.  Noh Eul’s father was a victim of hit and run by the daughter of a famous politician – Yoon Jung Eun.  Jung Eun’s father tasked Joon Young’s father to take care of the matter and closed the case accordingly, but his son Choi Ji Tae caught up on the evil act his father succumbed to.

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When Noh Eul secured the evidence that will bring out the justice she was fighting for, Joon Young chose to be a filial son to his father causing Eul to almost losing her life.

Years later, Ji Tae who was burdened by the wrong-doings caused by his parents played Eul’s daddy-long-legs in shabby clothes alongside Jung Eun’s fiancé when he is on his CEO persona.

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Ji Tae and Joon Young worked separately in shielding Eul to the evil claws of the villains.  In his dying days, Joon Young decided on a ploy to get a confession that will pin Jung Eun to her sin and giving Eul the ultimate act of love before he faces his death.

 

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STORY AND SCREEN PLAY

Uncontrollably Fond has put me on all the level of frustrating emotions I can ever have as a k-dramafan.  When almost all k-drama addicts have given up and turned their backs on it, I remained faithful hopeful of some miracle that might salvage its disappointing run.  Down to its finale week I have long accepted that there will be no happy ending.   At some point I even begged k-dramagods to stop the writer from her ludicrously hurtful storytelling or to just kill Joon Young and insert an “it has all been a dream” plot, because I have never felt bad for k-drama characters before, until I spent time with this story.  That being said except for the temperamental second lead girl who was sketched annoyingly without room for a redeeming dimension, I have praises on the main leads’ heartfelt portrayals even if it drained me emotionally with and without tears. 

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Limited by its pragmatic approach, the writing did not swerve to a feel good direction to appease the agonizing dying-man-all-willing-to-protect-his-woman setting.  And that’s the reason why my forbearance was tested in Joon Young and Eul’s love journey.  I have come to terms how we act irrational when we can’t get the amount of love we think we deserve… how the pain we felt to fight for our love does not mean less to the love we gave to stay in a relationship… and how loving in the moment is a lot more times better than worrying about your future together when love might not be there anymore.

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At the back of my mind hopeless romantic me was optimistic that the death premise involved will conclude at a bright ending.  However, it closed to its original path.  Joon Young made me cry big time at the finale episodes that I forgot the dreary side stories because I was crying like an ajumma gloomy and muttering “I waited and I prayed but you still died Joon Young-a!”  *chuckles 

Nevertheless, it was a pretty ending, especially that Joon Young video scene.  It was encouraging and beautiful that I forego all the disappointments I had with this drama.

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CAST AND CONFLICT

Less the handful amount of warts I witnessed cheering for Uncontrollably Fond, the rope that tied me here were the crippled ardent characters who got doses of realities that true love is not always a happy thing.  True, I got to that point when I questioned why the characters seemed to be either masochist or lunatic, but the erring and awry cast made the ugly tone premise of the painful narrative sealed the lingering after-effect when it finally concluded to a saddening and yet gratifying closure.

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I applaud Kim Woo Bin in his portrayal.   I hated him with his choices, but I cried big time when I was sending him off.  His relationship with the people he loved were shaky and quirky but displayed very well his endearing facets as a character good or bad.  Suzy suited up to her character fitting in her sass and stubbornness to Joon Young’s adorable ego.   Her indecisiveness to stand up to the bullies and her payback in the culmination of the story eventually went to show how she picked her battles wisely.  

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Im Joo Hwan who was the only lucid character in the main cast did a great job convincing me that his presence will bring some hope in the table against his power hungry parents and deranged bride-to-be, because hell if our dying hero won’t at least get any help, I don’t know what to do anymore.  No matter how effective she was in getting to my nerves, I hated how she was used in the story to make it more even damaged and yet I can’t help but acknowledge that she’s a key piece that set the main connecting conflict in motion.

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RATING AND RECOMMENDATION

As Uncontrollably Fond won’t appeal to those who craved light and sweet type of romantic stories you can indulge to this narrative but be aware that you will be put on tormenting spot most of the time.  Though deemed to have been badly written, there was a thread that held the loyal viewers and that’s the dying scenario of the lead man.  I stayed until the end because I believe that not all love stories are wrapped in kisses and sweet memories.  There are those that are melancholic and yet lives on as someone’s one great love. -jediprincess

GRADE:  C

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You and Me Against My Rich Life: HEIRS Kdrama Series Review

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The extent of  how affecting Lee Min Ho’s melting gazes and suave moves is something that us girls can’t explain and would rather not  complain about.  Though he suffered bringing out the story to compete or at least level to kdrama favorite rom-coms, Kim Tan was a fascinating character in Kdramaland in his The Inheritors’ performance.

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Bearing the weight of the most highly anticipated drama for 2013, the large cast ensembles barely managed to get their stories and their interaction with the rest of the characters in full swing whilst trying to support the romance plot brewed the moment the show kicked in.

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It started slow, got addictive in the middling part and closed safely in the ending.  It was even a tough tale to begin with, considering the rich boy-poor girl love story milleu, there’s really not much room for the story to develop and for the characters to be loved fully, so ending with a closure without forcing “years after ending” and just focusing on the main characters’ yearnings and pain being answered and achieved has made this youth tale a sweet watch.

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Heir to a huge business conglomerate, Kim Tan has lived a luxurious and lonely life.  He has a biological mom he can’t be open to the public because it would sacrifice his position as an heir/major stockholder in his father’s company, a bride-to-be that was arranged for him to help their company become even bigger, and a brother who exiled him in fear of his own position as the first heir.  Meekly living abroad and following his brother’s desire, he found a turning point in his life, when he met poor girl Cha Eun-sang who was visiting her sister abroad.  Their quick summer interlude slowly build to a blossoming fondness that made Kim Tan chose to confront his brother and finished his forced exile and go back to Korea.  Just as he was settling in, fate gifted him of reuniting with Eun-sang who was living in their house as their servant’s daughter.  To complicate the already you-and-me-against-your-family’s-riches, Kim Tan’s former bestfriend turned frenemy also fell in love with Eun-sang and together they constantly engaged in brawls because of her.  Eun-sang finally acknowledged Kim Tan’s love throwing away the insecurities and apprehensions, but the final test of their love emerged when Tan’s father imposed a halt to the relationship they can’t afford to be in.  But in the end they survive the pressure and sustain their love after defying the rich father, the rich third parties and the hesitations and fears.

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Kim Tan’s angsty this-is-a-cruel-rich-life sessions wallowing in tears and pain because his money can’t make him be with his indecisive first love was a reminder of how love is meant for both parties to work on to be together, and that one party can’t bear the love for both of them to work as love requires compromise and mutual decision to be with one another.

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I saw Kim Tan battled the odds and Eun-sang responding most of the time in her half-hearted i-love-you-too, but showing what they were made up of in defying what needed to be overcome for their love to carry on was what made their romance special.

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It was surprising how Heirs connected its audience to the story even if the conflict was so worn out or should I say now tried and tested. Slow starting I guess paved a way for the audience to feel each and every character’s pain and bliss. The right moments and the right things to say at those moments cemented the connection well, making me understand why Young-do and Won have to be gritty and unreasonable and why Eun-sang can be so indecisive most of the time. It just all boils down to all of them caring for Tan.

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Inasmuch as I wanted to help Tan carry the weight of the crown, I’m glad he endured it and made the remaining episodes prove to us that trendy drama with recycled plots are best served with a heartfelt first love fight with your parents. *wink  I initially didn’t expect much from Lee Min Ho when the news of him taking another rich boy role happened. I mean he can just be his princey self and I will shrilling gurly scream on my pillow. But he was soo good at this drama and I can’t help but notice. Out of all the kiss scenes he had, his college boy kisses in this drama really made me feel sweet sixteen-ish, and that claiming my girl kiss on Ep 16 was the best kiss in kdramaland 2013 for me, soo sweet it radiated to me from the computer screen. *chuckles

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HEIRS was a late bloomer. I love that the characters moved to a positive redemption and the rich-boy-poor-girl love story did not thred to a fairytale with stubborn Cinderella and not thinking Prince Charming even if it moved to a predictable ending. Being stronger with its imperfections, it has managed to tug my emotions with the heartwarming and love affirming romantic scenes that has made me feel lovestruck and giddy-ish. Flaws and all, I love that this drama reminded me that at one point in our lives, when we were younger, we love blindedly, truthfully, happily and beyond reasons. We went from bliss to pain to staying together to letting go, and it has improved our love perspective as a person. -jediprincess ^_^

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Heirs Korean Drama Episode 9 Quick Musings

 

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Dear Eun-sang your hair is soo long it’s already extending here to where I am sitting. I want to step on it but Kim Tan might kill me. *chuckles We have now reached a brawly kind of love. I feel envious why I never had a complicated love life in High School. For what its worth, I’m feeling the intensity of how a love that felt so right and destined to be can’t go on because it can’t happen. Did Aunt Aphrodite miss this rich-boy-poor-girl love story? Though we are still moving at a crawling pace, I can feel the emotions drowning the characters and immersing me. It’s a disheartening feel how Kim Tan asserts how he wants to protect the girl he loves, but Eun-sang rejects that protection knowing she has to protect him too.

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Most second leads are usually meek, and I have a love-you-hate-you relationship with Young-do. I hate him when he’s starting to act unreasonable, but for the first time today I saw a facet and flicker of hope to salvage his unstable character which now I think will be a work-in-progress since he is starting to like a girl.

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We are on two stubborn boys showdown and because it can’t be settled by money but by a girl’s heart.  I’m up for who would win this contest.

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Heirs Korean Drama Episode 5 Quick Musings

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kehkeh I’m feeling teenager-ish over this drama.. Eventhough I’ve seen the sweet scenes before in other dramas.. it would never go wrong to have Lee Min Ho standing gorgeously showing up at her school and waiting for the girl he likes… actually it could never go wrong when he just stands lazily in his greek-god-ish beautiful self… *chuckles
Episode 5 takes us to the big revelation that is I’m-super-rich-chaebol-son-I-like-you-can-you-handle-that? scenario.. The story is officially bound to go Boys Over Flowers from now on, I’m not interested but I’m excited to the sweet scenes I’m going to feast on. 

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Old friends, frenemy, ex-gf, display gf learned that Tan is back and he is out busy watching the girl she likes from a far.  When he mustered his confidence to reveal his true identity, it was a painfully sweet moment that I was able to feel.  There she was asking about his wealthy background while reality was sinking to her heart.  No matter how she was trying to shove him off in her system, she yearns for those dreamlike days she spent with him.  And there he was confirming what she has just realized not denying every single of it, and just giving her that “i miss you, how have you been stare?”.

Tan’s father learned about his sons’ crushes and graciously offered Eun-sang’s mother to have her transferred to the elite school they owned.

And we ended with all the main student cast greeting Tan’s school come back as Eun-sang acquaint her self with her new school.

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Heirs KDrama Episode 1 Musings

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So after the shower of teasers, Heirs finally happened and episode 1 kicked off  introducing the rich young heirs and the poor girl heroine.  The quick topless beach shower scene had me sweetly sigh, and I would have been drowned by it if they added a few more minutes of that euphoric-hello-leeminho-spectacle.  *chuckles

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Our rich boy Kim Tan has been living abroad being an heir to a huge conglomerate company.  He has some hyung-issues and live that I’m-rich-but-I’m-lonely life.  He came across Cha Eun-sang who visited her sister in the US who they thought was studying and getting married to a nice young man, but Eun-sang discovered the lies her sister made and even ranaway with the money their mother gave for her supposed wedding.

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Kim Tan witnessed the sisters’ confrontation scene and felt sorry towards the girl.  When his friend thought Eun-sang’s bean powder was some drugs, he took it and she chased after him.  They tangled up and scattered the powder that made Tan’s friend hospitalized because of an allergy attack.  The police took Eun-sang’s passport and because the officer knew Tan, Eun-sang asked him a favor to let her know when it will be claimed.  Tan drove Eun-sang home but no one was there.  Her pride insisted on just waiting for her sister so Tan left.  Just as she was sitting in front of the house, a group of teenage boys scared her.  She took on her luggage and just then Tan’s convertible stopped at her side and he asked her if she wants to stay in his house.

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I have this feeling that this will play on a serious tone.  I just hope that it will move to a lighter note since we have established 18-year old heirs as main characters.  I don’t know what spices the writer would be inserting to make this rich-boy-poor-girl story work, but I’m really hoping although in kdrama reality it’s not possible, that they won’t dig in on that she’s-poor-you-can’t-be-with-her plot.  I don’t also know how they are going to make the screen time for all the boys work but I’m liking that Woo-bin is on a bad boy rich rebel character.  To be honest since this is highly anticipated, I am not going to expect something in case I will get disappointed.  At any rate there’s always Lee min Ho to appease me.  If it will stuck up, they can just show the boys’ faces all the time.   But you know, it would be a bonus if this will not be your typical angsty rich people sad life story.  Please don’t be.  

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Episode 1 fairly touched some of the premises and connections of the characters, and since we are yet to meet the other players, I decided to wait for the completion of this dramas’ introduction.  It was a pretty start for the lead couple as they showcased what is expected of them, adding some spike on it and reverting to the preconceived notion of what they could be.    I am going to give this drama at least 6 episodes to hook me.  So Lee Min Ho, amuse me. ^_^

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HighSchool Reminiscin’ at School 2013

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The title itself says how this drama is about… SCHOOL… High School to be exact.  So to put it simply it dealt with the stereotype High School characters we can all relate and their angst, woes, happiness, weirdness, eccentricity and mischiefs.

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The bromance in this drama will be in contention for my favorite this year, and while I’m writing it now I remembered how I was feeling when Heung-soo and Nam-Soon were dramatically exchanging those why-did-you-leave-me-when-you-know-you-are-what-I-only-have scene… I thought they will almost do a kissing scene after… *chuckles

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The problems raised in this drama was very disheartening, honest and retrospective at the same time that even if the story was just literally “school bound” I was able to relate with the pain and bliss of the students and the teachers portrayed.

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This also said a lot about how teacher affects his students, and how a teacher can teach but can never influence his students.  I’m glad that my life was a student was gifted with educators that were able to nurture my skills and potentials to the extent of defying my limitations.

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School 2013 narrated the typical classroom setting where side stories of the A-student, bullies, slow-learners, mediocres and uncaring students struggled to keep up with their personal issues alongside the stress they were getting while getting educated.  This is very easy to digest and almost anyone can relate to because everyone was once a student.

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If you are set to attend a school reunion, this will be something you can watch to set up your mood and make your thoughts wonder back to those good old times when you only worry about your grades failing and nothing about life, love, money and relationship.  *sigh  This school drama was sweetly done, resonating and nostalgic.  -jediprincess

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