Chasing Dreams and Young Love in ‘Liar and His Lover’

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I think I fainted to sleep after my full review of this drama which I already published at hellokpop so you can view the full review from there.  I did love this drama from its onset because I look forward on how the heroine’s character will progress and because her character is such an endearing watch.

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‘The Liar and His Lover’ sans a complicated story is heartfelt at the very least, in conceiving relatable characters for the audience to cheer and be inspired.  The age group, which this drama targets, would enjoy the budding romance, quirky and cute boys of the idol band and the music, tailored to the setbacks that they encounter in pursuing romance and life achievements.  For the young-at-heart viewers, the immature scenarios and the shallow narratives might test your patience, yet it will also remind you about how being young has ventured us for life experiences, and how all those memories will always stay special in our lives.

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‘The Liar and His Lover’ showcases catchy music that befits the angst and ardor of the characters as they navigate working on their personal issues and the central discord which binds all of them. The music industry setup is projected less chaotic and more inviting to inspire young people, who are fascinated in pursuing their music dreams.

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The storyline seeks to depict an impressive lingering effect out of a simple narrative by strongly preparing moments for all the characters.  From its onset, ‘The Liar and His Lover’ is sensitive to the harmonious link of the plot and the characters moving inside it. The lessons shared on each hurdle being solved, leave encouraging wisdom on achieving personal goals and loving faithfully with an unfeigned heart.

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The strength of the first half fades at the second half. While conflict is an integral part of the drama, it is carelessly placed to a position where the narrative is rushed, causing a timid impact of the dispute bombarded at the latter part of the story.  The conflict matches the light tone of the tale, but the timing and length of the problem-solving strides has almost hit the finale episode without serving fan-service moments, which is a standard rom-com staple.

If ‘The Liar and His Lover‘ is a symphony, the first part of it reflects bright tones before surging to a sporadic interval, and then cautiously landing to safe notes.  That being said, the drama fails to keep the consistency of the bouncy setting to make its run enjoyable.  The closing episodes at some point feel lethargic because it is not befitting to the initial sketches of the love couple that appears to have lost their vigor after being swarmed by adversities.

Photo Credit:  The Liar and His Lover Facebook Page

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KDramaland Weekly Round Up (April Week 3)

April 3rd Week (April 17-22)

I’m back with my snippet servings!  I hope everyone is happy following dramaland these days.  Though not explosive, I’m enjoying the variety of themes I am getting.

My Secret Romance (Mon-Tue) Ep 1-2

This TVN offering promises to give us the romance vibes.  I like the fast pacing.  I hope to see the relationship progressed to a more sincere manner since the premise of their love story was a bit sporadic.

The Liar and His Lover (Mon-Tue) Ep 9-10

I marathoned this cute drama and I was so drawn to the lead girl’s optimism.  Less the music, it gave me the “Izatura na Kiss” vibe.  I’m happy that it is an easy breezy watch for the young cast and the adults take care of the convoluted music industry related conflicts.

Queen of Mystery (Wed-Thur) Ep 5-6
I’m not a fan of the main leads except Lee Won Geun who can stun me with his flirty smile. *lol  But there’s something refreshing on this comic police investigation drama that had me invested.  Maybe it’s the quirk since I mostly am drawn with it and romance.  *chuckles


Chicago Typewriter (Fri-Sat) Ep 3-4

Finally I was given what I signed up!  The bleak opening week I was unsure of made me sad, but I bear with it because of Yoo Ah In oppa.  Thank God it came more clearer and adorable for this week’s episode.  And yes the premise of a real ghost, ghost-writing for a famous novelist cracked me up.  I like the mingling of the serious tone and the humor so far.  I think the production team is intent to make us not give up on it this time.

I am catching up with “Whisper” and “Man to Man” So I will include them on my list next week.  I will let “Radiant Office” end and will just do its series review.  -jediprincess

Secretly, Greatly K-Movie Musings

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Secretly, Greatly stormed Korean Box Office big time, and I can only agree why.

I am halfway downloading the torrent when gooddrama.net uploaded the movie, and impatient me can’t wait so I grabbed my lemon water and went happily watching.

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A covert elite team of North Korean spies were sent to South Korea for future orders from the Republic.  Comrade Captain Won Ryu Hwan took in the role of a village idiot Dong-gu while observing and waiting for the orders from the North.  After two years, he was reunited with fellow 5446 corps Captain Rhee Hae-rang who was ordered to become a Korean rock star as well as Rhee Hae-jin who hero-worshipped Ryu-hwan who disguised as a high school student.

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They were all fitting in their South Korean disguises but when a power shift in the Republic surged, the elite tem was ordered to commit suicide.  All but the three responded loyalty to their motherland except the three who faced their instructor in the last stand of whether to live or survive.

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My action movie pegs are sword and fist fights and a lot of martial arts movement, and that’s why I really liked the sleek fight scenes in this movie.  The punches, kicks, broken bones, bodies being thrown and blood spatters has transformed me into a 40-something ajussi cheering for the cute North Korean spy-rebels.  The bromance left me smiling and sighing, and the humour balanced the violence theme of the story.

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It was narrated with no complications and ended splendidly and in a heart-wrenching fashion.  I would have wished for a happy ending but given the serious tone set, I accepted and got my closure even if it was painful.

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Not much of strong acting scenes required but the trio fairly delivered how hard life must have been to NoKor soldiers with a binding loyalty to the Republic.  As I have never understood North Korean leaders’ stand even before, I will leave it to the general truth that “there’s a reason for everything”.  But whenever I come across stories about the sacrifices of their soldiers, it’s really a disheartening thought.  I’m just saying that there might have been more So Ji Sub, Hyun Bin or Lee Min Ho in the Republic but instead of making movies for kdrama-addict like me they were raised to only serve the country. 

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A great weekend watch with your boyfriend or your father.  Secretly, Greatly is like how I picture Prince Charming.  A lone samurai wandering in the town and when you look in his eyes and scars, it will speak for the life he had.  It’s rare for an action movie to remember the heart of the characters more than the brawl scenes, but in Secretly, Greatly, I was totally immersed on the story and yearnings of these soldier-brothers.

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dear Beautiful you, go ahead be beautiful, I’ll take Min Ho! ^_^

To The Beautiful You – this will be the 3rd adaptation of the Japanese shojo manga “Hana Kimi” and my favorite of ’em all I say.. Well Koreans have this knack on doing their adaptation even better than the original.  I think Apple will agree on that. *chuckles

So given its quite familiar story, two adaptations Kdrama viewers can compare it with, I was just expecting how the following of the plot and turn of events will make me feel good, and I was not prepared it will hit me really good that my teenager self from 10 years ago assumed herself and was kicking her legs, giggling endlessly and hugging her pillow so tight in every surge of romantic scenes.

I was in constant tug-of-war between Eun-gyul and Tae-joon that I deviced a “who-abby-really-likes” scoresheet to break the sweet confusion.

Eun-gyul was your typical funny and thoughtful guy… the guy the writer would claim to be the main lead girl’s soulmate because it also breaks her heart that he will not be chosen.

Tae-joon, the distant-hot-you-can’t-help-but-drool-with descendant of Darcy and was a fictional fulfillment of every teenager girl’s dream boy.  He has had my love security blanket stripped while he showered me with romantic meteors in his smooth suave ways. 

Now the lead girl, Jae Hee whose stubborn hair has resurrected Helen of Troy in her body as cute boys lined up to win her heart subconsciously and knowingly. The typical vulnerable and warm lead girl who sometimes struggle with her understanding of the way things move around her.  She thrives on self-sacrificing but her being clueless spins most of the romance moments in the drama.

Any drama with a clingy girl who can’t grasp and digest that the boy he likes doesn’t like her always irritate me.  I just can’t stand girls who thrive with their insecurities in real life and even in kdramaland.


So the story simply goes like this… Jae-hee was a fan of a high-jump athlete Tae-joon.  He was the person who inspired her to come out of her shell when she was discriminated at school being a foreign student.  Tae-joon met an accident, lost his mother and lost his passion as an athlete so Jae-hee disguised herself as a boy to enter the same school Tae-joon was studying and imposed herself to be his resident encouragement-human-pill.

In a twist of cupid luck she ended up sharing the same dorm room with him and little by little she has crawled inside his lonely-angsty-secluded-self.

Jae-hee’s life in a male-infested school was such a refreshing dose of young love that you will find yourself reminiscing the first time you fell in love. Unbeknownst to Jae Hee, Tae-joon learned of her identity secret, and when he was able to define the strong fondness he felt towards her, a clingy-assuming-girlfriend, daddy issues and Eun Gyul’s one sided love would shake their teenager romance.

This is another teenage love drama at its best… no worries, just purely cuteness, sassiness and first love vibes. I will miss Eun-gyul’s social media shout-outs and weird mind wanderings, Jae-hee’s radiant smile and pure heart, and Tae-joon’s… well everything about him.  *giggles

Candid and totally charming, To the Beautiful You will promise you smiles and refreshing feel.  If you are looking for something serious or evil induced story, then you won’t find it here.  Everything about it was lightly done even the conflicts.  Simply laid, progressed smoothly and stopping at a happy ever-after note… this drama will be one of my favorite among the rom-coms this year.