KDrama Flashback Review: Personal Taste

 

There were lots of bright tones here and there which I can say compensated to some dry moments and knots that were loosely conspicuous in a kdrama addict’s eye. The doting scenes melted me and made me craved for more so some scenes that are really unnecessary were left forgotten and forgiven.  Your typical I’m-here-to-protect-you-love-story but with a twist.

We had a vulnerable lead girl who was betrayed by her bestfriend after seducing her ex-boyfriend and an architect lead man on a mission to redeem his father’s lost glory by analyzing a house designed by a legendary architect who is the lead girl’s father.  Our lead girl mistook her hero as homosexual and let him board in her house but then later on, they both developed feelings toward each other.

The cute twist of the heroine misconceiving her lead man to be homosexual plus the cohabitation ride that slowly but surely built up the romance, this is the drama that secured Lee Min Ho a slot on my radar as I enjoyed their story immensely.

There are a lot of love and life lessons for women to learn on this drama as Gae In provided her insights on how focusing on personal dreams should come first before frustrations.  A must watch Lee Min Ho drama to add on your plate if you have just recently started liking him.

Why it made my favorite list is because even if I refrain from weak heroines, the romance was sweet and fulfilling in the sense that the lead girl redeemed herself through her hero’s encouragement to become a better version of herself, while the hero learned to step back and appreciate the people around him instead of keeping all his woes alone.

“Personal Taste” is a melo-romcom hybrid that ran heartfelt scenes through the lead girl’s personal issues and yet her sojourn to overcome her struggles were pieces of comic picture frames and sassy interactions shared with her hero.  It is a tale that I watched over and over again and I still get to enjoy leering at their romance bloomed at my very eyes.  A classic romcom prototype with adorable love couple, easy storyline and a box full of sweetness. –jediprincess♡♡♡

 

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KDrama Bucket Listing: The Best Fan-service Korean Drama Romcoms

This new project of mine is a useful guide since you have decided to join the kdramaaddict community.  Kdramaworld has been running for quite a while so I’ll share you the dramas that you need to complete and you might have missed along the way.

Since we are celebrating the love month, let’s commence this bucket listing activity with trendy romantic comedy dramas.  These stories are typically what initiated your kdrama cravings.

The sighs, the swoons, the squeals, the hot flushes, the involuntary parting of our lips on the kiss scenes, the hot oppas, the we-wish-we-can-be-the-leadgirl-moments… There are a lot of reasons why we love these kind of dramas. Most of the dramas in this list are runaway hits, others have sweet chemistry between the main leads. These are love pills that we can watch over and over again every year, and yet we don’t get tired of it. These are my favorite fan service romcoms, what’s on your list?

 

♥My Name is Kim Sam Soon  (Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah)

Sam Soon’s love adventure gave hope to girls with weight insecurities that they can still snatch the man of their dreams as not all men are blinded by pretty faces and hot bodies.  *chuckles

This is where I first met Hyun Bin oppa and I fell in love with his then chubby cheeks. *lol  I was on my early 20’s when this was aired, and I was not hooked at that time.  But when I watched it in my late 20’s, I was able to appreciate it more because the heroine’s sentiments appealed to me probably because I was at the stage of my life when I endured love frustrations and experienced being blissfully in love.

This is my first dose of contract relationship and it endeared me a lot as it left a love lesson that no matter how extremely different a man and a woman is, spending time together and getting to know each other in the process would warrant a leap of romantic emotion that can result to a sweet love declaration.

 

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♥ Full House (Rain and Song Hye Gyo)

The modern Cinderella story of an aspiring scriptwriter and a famous actor who were forced to cohabitate when the former’s friends sold the house she inherited from her father.  We get a contract marriage plot in this love story which pushed the romance between a man and a woman who seemed unlikely to fall in love with each other.

The bickering scenes and the eventual falling in love were the strongest points of Full House.  The feel good premise still make me pick this drama when I don’t have anything on my plate to watch.  

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♥ Princess Hours (Joo Ji Hoon and Yoon Eun Hye)

Any princess story appeals to most girls right away.  With a distant and yet secretly warm prince portrayed nicely by Joo Ji Hoon oppa, I can’t help but love the nines on the clouds of high when I was watching Lee Shin and Chae Kyung’s royal love story.

My pillows suffered a lot from strangulation on the emotional and heart fluttering scenes.  Actually Goong had mostly melodramatic tones, but it was neutralized by the lead girl’s vibrant presence and optimism to survive in the arranged marriage she was forced to take for the sake of her family.

This is one youth drama you should not miss as it is one of the kdrama staple classics.

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♥ My Girl (Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae)

I know right?  Contracts are often part of kdrama plots.  For “My Girl”, we have a business conglomerate heir hiring a con-woman to pretend as his long-lost cousin to appease his ill grandfather, but ended up trapped in the lie they created when they started falling in love with each other.

The strong second leads supported well the romantic development by playing well the annoying ex-girlfriend and the how-could-you-not-love-him second lead man.

“My Girl” had a consistently addictive run and nicely done closure credit it to the bubbly heroine and her chemistry with the workaholic lead man chaebol.  

I think this is where I first saw that lead-man-following-drunk-lead-girl scene which became a guaranteed cute scene on rom-coms.

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♥ The First Shop of Coffee Prince (Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye)

This cross-dressing heroine and coffee shop owner’s love ride slayed the ratings with the unique premise on how their romance was imagined.  

It was so cute when Gong Yoo’s character disregarded everything and was okay to admit that he could possibly be a homosexual due to his growing feelings on his pretending-to-be-a-man lead girl.

Coffee Prince’s ending was also sweet as it wrap up with how the lead man let go of his girl for the mean time to pursue her own dreams.  This is a must-watch grandpa classic that will not lose its appeal even after a few decades from now.

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♥ Boys Over Flowers (Lee Min Ho and Gu Hye Sun)

Almost Paradise… Yay!  This is Lee Min Ho’s breakthrough performance that swept hallyuland like a storm during its run.  Finally adapting the famous Japanese manga, the Korean version gave a pretty depiction of the rich-boy-poor-girl love story by projecting an elaborated presentation of the wealth disparity of the main love couple.  Sprinkling it with the flower boy bromance and their side love stories cemented a victorious run for this youth drama.

“Boys over Flowers” is a great initiating drama to welcome you in kdramaland.  It is feel-good, buoyant and everything sweet perfect on movie marathon sessions and rainy days.

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♥ My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Shin Min Ah and Lee Seung Gi)

Fusing Korean folklore to a modern lovestory was notched perfectly by chilsung cider addicted Mi Ho and her action star wanna-be lead guy.  When a nine-tailed fox was released from a painting she was imprusoned to, she sealed a deal with a free spirited guy who does not have any dream but to become an action star.

The arresting face and portrayal of Shin Min Ah made Mi Ho one of my all-time favorite kdrama characters.  Hong sisters blended the supernatural and folklore premise in this drama in an innovative approach to complement the modern setting.

This is where I first saw the reversal of roles for the lead couple.  The always curious heroine took charge in taking care of her lead man in the most part of the story.  

The quirky interaction of the lead couple until reaching the eventual love zone was something you would root for while you are watching the narrative.

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♥ You’re Beautiful (Jang Geun Seuk and Park Shin Hye)

When her twin brother met an accident, Go Mi Nyu, a nun-to-be was forced to assume her brother’s identity  (Go Mi Nam) who was posed to join a famous boyband.  Having spent most of her time in the convent Mi Nam worked hard to adapt in a new world of cohabiting with her fellow band members.

There are a lot to love about ANJELL and the main lead couple.  The second lead also made an impressive showing to shake the official love pairing.

“You’re Beautiful” was brimming with witty humor and sweet scenes which propelled its run to a strong fanbase.  I think this is also was the start of me stalking Hong sisters dramas.

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♥ You’ve Fallen For Me (Park SHin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa)

This youth drama set in a Music school was the fulfilment of the second love pairing that we did not get from “You’re Beautiful”.  The refreshing tone and the campus romance drew smiles and sigh in me as Lee Shin suited up to his campus hearthrob role effortlessly and effectively.  

The music, the youthful vibe, the college setting dates endeared this drama to me.  Maybe because it just went free flowing and did not exert effort in placing overly conceived central conflict.  “You’ve Fallen For Me” is light and comforting perfect for your stoic days.

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♥ Discovery of Love (Eric Moon and Jung Yu Mi)

Now this was not as popular as the rest of the dramas in this list, but it belonged to my all-time favorite love dramas because of its superb screenplay and storytelling.

Yeorum is a furniture maker who was caught between her present boyfriend and her first love.  “Discovery of Love” took an ingenious path to uncover the woes and inhibitions of a woman in confronting love confusions that involved weighing down the amount of pain and love you are prepared to invest in a relationship.

You will thank me later after you watch it.

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♥ Another Oh Hae Young (Eric Moon and Seo Hyun Jin)

Yes I think I can declare that I stalk Eric oppa’s dramas as he mostly pick interestingly done projects.

Another Oh Hae Young was the best romance drama for 2016 banking on its realistic approach on the frustrations and bliss of trusting the love willingly given to someone only to be disappointed for not reciprocating it well.

The hot kisses, the brave heroine and the weird journey on how fate intertwined the love couples were some of the things you would love in this drama.

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♥ Legend of the Blue Sea (Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun)

Freshly caught from the kdrama sea, this mermaid-conman romance gave us laugh fits and heart-fluttering moments.  The love-fueled-mind-reading ability of Heo Joon Jae was a favorite twist of mine in this drama.  I got a lot of laugh trips from those scenes.

The writing was almost perfect except from that last episode auto pilot ending.  Nevertheless, “Legend of the Blue Sea” will surely warm your heart with the overflowing love vibes sketched in past and present timelines with reincarnation plot on the side.

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♥ The Greatest Love (Cha Seung Won and Gong Hyo Jin)

When a top actor, Dokko Jin got entangled to a third-rate actress, a hilarious romance ensues as he battled out his emotions only to succumb to it when an equally adorable traditional doctor wields his intention to be with the lead girl.

This is the third Hong sisters entry on my list and the trademark smart humor on the writing was evident.  I loved Cha Seung Won in City Hall and even more in his overconfident character in this story.  Gong Hyo Jin as always brings out any character given to her.  Her submissive and kind attitude neutralized Dokko Jin’s strong persona and forced him to become a better person worthy to accept and give love.

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♥ Rooftop Prince (Park Yoo Chun and Han Ji Min)

Time-traveling and a clueless Joseon prince who was transported to modern times made me a happy camper on its weekly run  because of the Prince and his warriors hilarious adjustments to technology powered way of living.

The romance was an added bonus, but when I look back it is really the cute bromance that sealed this drama in my kdrama memory compartment.

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♥ Flowerboy Ramyun Shop (Jung Il Woo and Lee Chung Ah)

Dear drama, you know you got me at Jung Il Woo.  

“Flower boy ramyun shop” checked the romcom essentials of cohabitation, mean love triangle, and rich boy poor girl love line.  The adorable chasing of the lead man to win the heroine’s heart was crazily sweet and in turn secured Jung Il Woo a spot inside my heart.  *chuckles

 

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♥ The Lonely Shining Goblin (Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook and Kim Go Eun 

You have two wonderful love pairings to indulge on and an extra equally sweet bromance for dessert.  What more can you ask for?

Drawn in folklore and chimeric premise, consider Goblin as a karmic prize for kdramaaddicts’ loyal following.  The polished storytelling and amazing cast portrayal nailed a quintessential drama that you can share with your grandchildren in the future.

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♥ Reply 1997 (Seo In Gook and Jung Eun Ji)

I chose the first story from the Reply Franchise as it gave an impressive showing of a first love story as well as friendship turned romance narrative.  Nostalgic in its projection, “Reply 1997” will give anyone a trip back to those wistful memories of their young, unrequited love.

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♥ The Master’s Sun (So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin)

My final Hong sisters drama on the list went to a spooky millieu and was successful in doing so.  A ghost-seeing woman has been burdened by her ability all her life.  When she finally bumped with the person who can shield her from the compelling ghost request she keeps getting with and without her warrant, she stuck by the prickly rich department store owner and soon after developed a relationship with him.

“Master’s Sun” exhibited the usual comedic and romantic writing brilliance of the Hong sisters.  I meant to watch this before because of So Ji Sub oppa and I got more than I asked for.

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♥ Queen In Hyun’s Man (Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo Inna)

Abby’s Man aka Queen In Hyun’s Man stirred an excitement in me due to its avant-garde story of a time traveling Joseon scholar who utilized his talisman powered time-space wrinkling ability to hide in the present time while brewing his next moves on fulfiling his duty to the deposed Joseon Queen. 

An actress helped him to adapt to contemporary living and they eventually fell in love with each other.  “Queen In Hyun’s Man” was hip and fun and affirmed that my decision to eat kdramas for breakfast was valid.  *chuckles  

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♥ Healer (Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young)

“Healer” put me on my longest kdrama character crush.  It was so severe that I watched all Ji Chang Wook dramas even the ones that were not worth watching.  That’s how much impact the drama gave me.  

The love progression was steady and engaging in this drama and you bet I was in dreamy land after that Healer hideout kissing binge.  “Healer” is the fulfilment of any adult woman’s ideal man.  

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♥ Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk)

Credit the cast for their commitment to this coming of age drama.  It created an international cult following especially on the teens and the early-twenties.  “Weightlifting Fairy” was my first and last kdrama binge for 2016.  I initially had reservations if I will put it on my plate, but one night when I don’t have anything scheduled to watch anymore, I took it and was uncaring if I wake up the entire village with my laughter festival. 

This is the drama I will make my daughter watch when she goes to college so she can have an idea of the perfect college boyfriend.  *wink

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♥ Oh My Venus (So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah)

There were a lot of sighs, swoons, melting moments and heart-stopping arrests when I watched coach-nim and Daegu beauty realized their love potential through a weight loss program.

To reclaim her goddess body, a woman sought the help of a famous weight loss coach to carry on with her project.  He was initially adamant about it, but she trapped him by threatening how she will reveal his identity to the world if he does not agree.  

“Oh My Venus” oozed with sweet, steamy scenes that will tickle your heart and imagination.  If you are on a weightloss program, watch this so coach-nim can inspire you.

 

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♥ Descendants of the Sun (Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo)

Suave and prettily written, Captain Yoo Si Jin won my heart in his cool depiction of a military elite officer who got the girl he dreamt of even when their careers inhibit them to spend quality time with each other.

Thanks to Song-Song couple’s right on the dot chemistry, they were able to pull off a breathtaking lovestory that will be forever loved by many like me.

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♥ Something About 1% 2016 (Ha Suk Jin and Jeon So Min)

Cropping unnecessary scenes and light on its conflict, Something About 1 Percent is the exact description of a fan-service drama.

Jae In and Da Hyun’s love story progressed in an addictive pace through their sweet kisses.  It is a big, pink bubblewrap drama that will comfort you when you want to be alone after a break-up.

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♥ Oh My Ghost (Jo Jung Seok and Park Bo Young)

A virgin ghost hosted on a meek woman’s body to get a formal passport to afterlife.  The ghost helped the timid girl worked on the crush she harbored on the Chef of the restaurant she was working.  Chef-nim mistook the sudden changes in her personality as a psychological disorder and tried to help on but nurtured emotional feelings in the process.

“Oh My Ghost” was a quirky watch that will give you laugh fit and enough knee-weakening scenes to feed your love cravings.

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♥ It’s okay, this is love (Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin)

Kdramaland has displayed refreshing love stories through the years and it keeps getting better.   The love story between a famous writer with some psychological issues and a psychiatrist was a runaway hit for me in 2014.  And not just because of Jo In Sung oppa, but due to the cast that you can’t help but fall in love.

It’s okay, this is love fulfilled the promise of a lingering chronicle of ardent love.  It may not appeal to tweens and young women but I’m sure that women in their 30’s will appreciate it a lot.

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♥ Fated to Love You (Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra)

When I look back on this drama, I can’t help but remember Jang Hyuk oppa’s outrageous laugh.  hahaha

“Fated to love you” tells the story of a one night stand that brought together an unlikely to fall in love couple.  Left with no choice they got married, but misunderstandings  and losing their baby separated them unfortunately.  Years after fate brought them together again and they finally get the validation that they have always been meant to be.

This is probably my favorite Jang Na Ra drama because it achieved a balanced story of how relationships have reasons why they are not meant to be at a particular moment.

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♥ A Gentleman’s Dignity (Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul)

Before the Goblin-GrimReaper Bromance, the brotherhood in this drama was my most favorite.  The snappy storyline and side love stories were some of the reasons why I picked this drama.  This is one of the earlier dramas from Goblin/DOTS writer so you will get an idea on how she has really worked on her skills over the years.

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♥ My Princess (Song Sung Heon and Kim Tae Hee)

The long lost last princess of Korea was found and to prepare her for her royal duties, the grandson of a rich family who nurtured the princess family wealth prepped her up in facing her new responsibilities.  Think Princess Diaries + Pretty Woman.

This is the first bribe I got from both the actors to notice them and they were successful in forming a cheery love story.

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♥ Myungwol the Spy (Eric Moon and Han Ye Seul)

A serving of a North Korean spy who got entangled emotionally with a South Korean top actor needed nothing else to convince me in watching it.

This is one hilarious romcom spectacle you should not miss.

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♥ Personal Taste (Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin)

The cute twist of the heroine misconceiving her lead man to be homosexual plus the cohabitation ride that slowly but surely built up the romance, this is the drama that secured Lee Min Ho a slot on my radar as I enjoyed their story immensely.

There are a lot of love and life lessons for women to learn on this drama as Gae In provided her insights on how focusing on personal dreams should come first before frustrations.

A must watch Lee Min Ho drama to add on your plate if you have just recently started liking him.

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♥ Secret Garden (Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won)

This body-swapping stunt woman and chaebol love story exceeded everyone’s expectations in nailing an experimental supernatural love story.  

I swear that curl up sweet scene still make my heart flutters.  *chuckles  “Secret Garden” showed a reversal of gender roles as we are given a heroine with unfazed attitude who fell in love with a rich man who did everything to make her love him.

Now that I remember the “rain twist”.  There’s something about rain that makes it a staple twist in kdrama stories as projected in Goblin, My GF is a Gumiho and Secret Garden.  Anyway, I loved Hyun Bin here more than his stint in Samsoon probably because I am more inclined to like unusually imagined story premise.

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♥ Sungkyunkwan Scandal (Park Yoo Chun, Park Min Young and Yoo Ah In)

For me “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” is still my best pick for both school and youth drama even when the drama is set in Joseon era.  If you are curious why then take some time off and spend time with these scholar flower boys plus the cross dressing heroine.

If you liked the recent Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds, the missing nudges on that drama were effortlessly notched in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

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♥ W:  Two Worlds (Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo)

“W” strode a scintillating first half but fell short on the labyrinth and depth of the ambitious plot the writer conceived.  Nonetheless, Kang Chul sweetly haunted my weak heart as he romanced his lady love.

Kang Chul is everyone’s dream guy and more.  If you want to forget a recent relationship set back feel free to enter the worlds of Kang Chul.

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♥ You From Another Star (Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun)

Since my favorite actress headlined this drama, it was already a given that I secured a spot for my busy time to watch it simultaneously as it aired.  In 2015, I let kdramas conclude first before I delve on them.  I had to break it because I trusted the girl who brought me to Hallyuland that she was up for a brilliant project.  She did not prove me wrong and I was on high savoring the beautiful alien and top actress love story that served as a lesson to current kdrama actresses roster to learn how rom-com should be done.  Kim Soo Hyun was a bonus like equivalent to $1 Million dollars.  The impeccable chemistry of the lead couple surged a memorable love story that would appeal to anyone.

“You From Another Star” is still my all time top pick for the Best Romcom Drama ever produced in kdramaland.  

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KMovie Musings: White Night (2009)

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Thrilling and will get you interested and involved at every scene, although I have slight issues with the pacing.  Your multi-tasking skills will come in handy because shifting time elements were happening throughout the story.  You will learn how dark and twisted a person can be all because of an emotional trauma and love.

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Yo-han and Mi-ho/Lee Jia were victims of a dark past.  When Yo-han’s father was murdered, it left them intertwined with police investigations, murders, deceit and a hope of brighter future for them.

I watched it after watching Criminal Minds so I have to infuse myself with true love vibes after and got my Sungkyunkwan Scandal CD.

A film realizing how sad you can be by being consumed over a sin you have to do at that right moment but will not justify the evil act you took.  

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The smokey-eyed Pirates quick movie review

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Failing to notch a polished recipe for an action-adventure film, I would give “The Pirates” a mediocre rating because of its shallow storyline.  It could be easily overlooked given the riveting fight scenes and the amusing characters that have played their roles to the fullest, but I really felt something inadequate when the movie ended.  Sailing to a dallying pace when it begins, it laid down the pirate members and mountain marauders who were in the quest to claim the bounty offered after Joseon envoys lost the Imperial Seal bequeathed by the Chinese Ming Dynasty to a big whale which swallowed it.  Halfway through the movie, the alliances, the old grudges and the conflicts were set into motion pushing the film to a moderately swift movement while throwing bordering-slapstick-funny-anyway comical reliefs. 

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Far from her usual crying or love struck face, I was so happy seeing Son Ye Jin in her smoky-eyes and her no-nonsense swagger while wielding her sword, shooting arrows and drawing stunts against wily men-pirates who wanted to take down her crew and ship.   That has made her in equal footing with Kim Nam Gil in his portrayal of a skilled Jack Sparrow-ish brawling hero, yet ironically poor in scheming combat strategies, hence relying on his underlings to plan their attacks.   Their on-screen chemistry did not blossom with hugs and kisses but with fights and locked arms, nevertheless it was endearing just the same. 

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I can’t help but compare this movie to the famed Hollywood “Pirates of the Caribbean” production and the Korean film “The Grand Heist”, both I enjoyed hugely owing to the proportional blend of explosive bout scenes and quaintly narrated storyline.  “The Pirates” belong to the not so gritty type of action film ergo it need to just establish a delightful film filled with well-executed scuffles.  That I think was achieved enough albeit the hollow plot… And yes, I haven’t fully moved on when I think of why they pushed the irrelevant presence of mommy and baby whale in an effort to draw a lame connection to the main conflict and the lead girl.  If not for the sleek duels and lively canned special effects to spice up the bandits’ escapades, I would have not stayed afloat.

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On a strong note, I can’t help but notice how this film just proved that Korean film-makers are catching up fast, if not on the same level now, in terms of the delivery of the visual techniques in a fast-paced action flick with their Hollywood counterparts.  Also, unlike some of the Asian brewed battle-induced motion pictures I saw, they have a stronger grasp of depicting historical fiction chronicle that can be understood by a wide audience even with the cultural barrier.   It was a simple narrative (too usual to a fault though) that was salvaged by fusing well the struggles and success of the characters and betting on the tried and tested underdog theme.   Even though there are minor out of place scenes in the course of the movie, I can say that it’s still an exciting watch not just for men, but for women who want a light, and stimulating movie experience. -jediprincess

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Blood and Ties Korean Movie Quick Review

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What if the loving and kind father you know is not really what he seems to be?

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Jung Da Eun has been well taken care of and raised alone by his father who has done all the odd jobs in the world to support her.  She was struggling to get a job as an announcer and in one movie night with her friends, the loving relationship she has with her father was shattered by a suspicion when after the closing scene of the film, she heard her father’s familiar voice, revealed as the voice of the murderer of a young boy.  Nearing the expiration of the statute of limitation on the murder and abduction, Da Eun tried seeking the truth and inadvertently led the police in tracing her father.  Confused on her filial duties and not being able to accept that her loving father could do such a horrible thing, the memories of her father’s kindness to her overpowered the guilt she felt, and she chose to remain on her father’s side. 

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After the police failed to match her father’s voice, she again confronted her father and brought him to the abduction place begging him to ask forgiveness for his sin, her father remained firm in denying the evil deed, but as soon as the clock strikes 12, his devil self resurfaced and rejoiced at his escape.

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“Blood and Ties” raised disturbing thoughts in me after watching it for the reason that the killer was drawn in a very positive character.  A very effective role that really strengthened the depth of how the heroine tried to resolve the conflict, because it was a really perplexing decision and ordeal to cut ties with a person who has been good to you because he did something evil to another person.  It has a spontaneous plot but unpredictable characters and that has made me so engaged in watching it.  Provocative, bewildering and steady.  It surged a bittersweet twist at the dying seconds of the movie.  -jediprincess

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KLM101: crash course to the Best Korean Romance Movies

And that’s me being overly assumptive but I’m pretty sure these are initiating Korean romance movies you have to see first, but consider you’re forewarned because these love flicks might erase the existing favorites you have right now …

In response to one of my blog friend’s request of making the best 24 Korean love movies  and because I’m in a sleeping contest with Harper Lee’s book  I’m pausing now to pick the Best Korean Romance Movies my eyes have ever laid on.

This will be hard considering love is subjective and love has different faces, but I’ll select the movies based on their peculiar storyline, evolving characters and knockout directing and overall make.

So Aunt Aphrodite, in no particular order here it goes… please accept my love offering.

P.S  If your favorites are not on the list, charge it to personal preference or I might have not seen it yet.  ^_^

♥ My Sassy girl (2001)THE GIRL WHO LEARNED TO LOVE AGAIN AND THE BOY WHO WILL DO EVERYTHING FOR LOVE.

Gyeon-woo would make your current BF right now in danger because most likely you will entertain that “I wish my BF can be a little like Gyeon-woo kind of thought”.

The initiating movie for first time watcher on the Korean movie land. This was released in 2001 and was based by a blog post written by Kim Hyo Sik. Director Kwak Jae Yong helmed the production.

If you haven’t watched this movie, then you haven’t watched a really good romance movie.  Needless to say, this is one of my favorite love films. Captivating, vibrant and worth watching… 

A perfect date movie that will leave you laughing and loving at the same time.

This is love tale of losing love, coping on the loss, helping yourself with whatever you can have to find love again.  Most girls undoubtedly can totally understand how the girl might have felt because of how emotional girls can be when dealing with heartaches. 

And I think most of us girls, can relate to the pain she was bearing all through out the movie. It’s hard to get over and start a new when your heart gets broken regardless of the reason why.  All of us want “Gyun-woo”, a not so perfect man but will be there for us no matter what.

A girl who has some past love issues was saved by a cheerful young man when she almost got caught by a train.  Fate played with them and the boy slowly became fond of her and decided that he would heal whatever that pain she has.  If I can marry someone like Gyeon-woo, I’ll be damn happy.

MY SASSY GIRL MOVIE RECAP

♥ Il Mare (2000) – THE PENPALS TURNED LOVERS BECAUSE OF A TIME TRAVELLING MAIL BOX.

Hollywood made a remake of this movie (The Lake house) but still I prefer how Koreans did it. A man and a woman engaged in a romance as they exchanged love letters and leaving it inside a mail box.  Time element executed perfectly. Addictive love story… Deeply touching and moving

IL Mare literally screamed soft and moving love story of time-crossed lovers.  It’s very simple, and yet well narrated that even my attention problem was won over by it.

It’s a nice watch on a lazy afternoon in the arms of someone you love. 

Love they say is magic and I say a sort of magical mail box which made a man and a woman fell in love regardless if they were living at different times was more than fireworks and raining rose petals.

IL MARE MOVIE RECAP

♥ Daisy (2006) – THE SECRET LOVER YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE

I like how Jun Ji Hyun reinvents herself as an actress, that’s why I love all her films.  Set in Netherlands, Ji Hyun played the role of a street painter that will become the love interest of a secret service agent and a professional hitman… Thrilling, lingering, and romantic elements were put in splendidly

This was narrated gorgeously in a three-way view point, there’s not a single kiss scene, but for some reasons it’s overflowing with love.  It was like the feeling when Pacey gave Joey a whole wall for her to paint.  If I’ll have a stalker like Park Yi, I’m sure I’ll fall for him.

Most movies that I’ve seen with time flashbacks were really good, but in Daisy it was extra special. 

It is unconditional secret one sided love at its best, and the shoot out scene where Park Yi reads Hye-young’s lips is one of my favorite scenes ever. 

And although the ever after was not achieved, this is one love story that really made me happy.  It was a love full of wonderful memories even before it started.

DAISY MOVIE RECAP

♥ Daddy Long Legs (2005) – THE MAN WHO LOVED A GIRL EVEN IN HIS FADING LIFE AND MEMORY

Ha Ji Won played a role of a radio scriptwriter who was always dreaming of meeting the guy who helped her pay her tuition in college. She accidentally bumped into emails that tells about a girl’s long time admiration over a guy. She finally had a chance to meet her daddy-long-legs and there she learned that it was his younger brother who asked him to do all the things for her. She also learned that it was her daddy-long -legs who wrote those emails, however he switched his gender when he was writing the emails. Daddy-long-legs lost all his memories including that of the girl’s because he was dying and he asked his brother to make the girl happy once he lost his memory. You’ll never get tired of watching it. Amazingly sweet and mesmerizing.

Daddy Long Legs is one of the sweetest movies I’ve seen so far.  It is laid back and serene.  The tricky identity switch can either fascinate you or pull a “make no sense” plot in your eyes.  In my case I like how it was laid. 

This feels like that “one summer walk” with your crush that you dearly keep in your heart. 

Eventhough the ending is sad, it is worth your afternoon break.

DADDY LONG LEGS MOVIE RECAP


♥ My Little Bride (2004) – THE LOVE THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND IT TOOK A WHILE FOR THEM TO REALIZE

An ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace was forced to marry a guy out of her grandfather’s wish. Her being young and the hidden marriage made this movie so charming. Dandy, cheerful, playful… will let you remember that feel you have on the first person you ever had a crush on.

My Little Bride is a sweet tale of young love.  It reminds us that sometimes we may become blinded or too pre-occupied to notice a “love” that has been there all along.

We should not mistake thrills over true love.  This is a charmingly cute cradle snatching love story full of vibrancy and true love.

I don’t have a childhood sweetheart, books perhaps, but isn’t it amazing to be sharing the rest of your life with someone who has been there with you and who stayed without you demanding it.

MY LITTLE BRIDE MOVIE RECAP

♥ The Classic (2003) – THE SWEET LOVE AND  ROMANCE THAT WAS FULFILLED AT ANOTHER LIFETIME

Very nice, enthralling, amazingly unsurpassed romance… I can’t find words to dislike this movie, so just watch it. This is a love story that you will tell your grandchildren rather than “Romeo and Juliet”. 

A young woman accidentally bumped on her mother’s love story and she got deeply engaged with it.  The parallelism was well portrayed and there was just so much love in the air.

When I first saw this movie, I was deeply moved I named all my pet dog…  Sang-min.  *giggles  Until now, my pet is named Sang-min.  It was a time-transcending love at it’s best.  This made me love Director Kwak Jae-young much more.

“CHANCE is a GIFT for those who TRY”


THE CLASSIC MOVIE RECAP

My Wife got Married (2008) – THE HUSBAND AND WIFE IN AN UNCONVENTIONAL COMMITMENT AND HEARTFELT LOVE

I was really amused at this movie. Son Ye Jin was a player who hates marriage until she met a guy who showed her that it’s possible to enjoy being committed. Then she kinda like the idea of marriage so she asked her husband if she can marry another guy and there goes a kind of marriage you won’t think would happen in real life… So playful and mischievously flirty.

Marriage is kind of an exhausting topic for me as all my friends have been praying for me to tie the knot and that’s maybe the reason why I can’t because the love angels are annoyed with the buckets of requests.  But this movie was one of a kind, it’s a kind of set up I would want wen I decide to be with someone forever, well not the unfaithfulness perse but the light and comfortable feel of being married.

Sexy but in place.  Buoyant and Bouncy.

♥ A Millionaires First Love (2006) – THE RICH REBEL WHO LOVED A GIRL AND MADE ME CRY

Hyun Bin was a millionaire’s heir but in order for him to have his fortune, his dead granny forced him to finish High School in the suburb. There he discovered the past that he erased in his mind, and the truth that money can’t save the life of the girl he loves.

Most of the Korean Romance movies have sad endings,but then again it didn’t make them less beautiful.  That scene when Binnie’s character was so amazed at the lead girl’s back as she cooks, was one of the sweetest scene I have seen in a KMovie.  This was a dying girl movie that defied all the dying girl movies out there because it was not forced and was so heartfelt.

Passionate and bewitching.  This is a love flick that will remind you how you shared the pain and wanted to take away someone’s pain because of love.

♥ 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004) – THE ENSLAVEMENT AGREEMENT THAT BLOOMED INTO A BINDING LOVE

After dumping her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, she met a college guy when she accidentally kicks a can that hit him in the face and caused him to scratch his Lexus. He demanded she paid him $3000 on the spot and wrote up an “Enslavement Agreement” for her in order to pay for the damage to his car.   She got into a nightmarish slave life for 100 days, cleaning his house, running his errands, doing his homework and cleaning his car. Ooops.. I almost told the whole story… Upbeat, enchanting and one of my favorites.

This is a movie brimming with feel-good vibes.  It is nothing spectacular but always fun and nice to watch.  A slave-master love story refreshing, engaging and worth remembering.

100 DAYS WITH MR. ARROGANT MOVIE RECAP

♥ Romance of their Own (2004) – THE SWEET LOVE STORY THAT WILL SURPRISINGLY LINGER IN YOUR HEART

Two hot guys fought for a sweet naive, girl.  (I swear you would want to trade places with the girl on this movie.) 

This is what a guy should watch to get some  snappy smooth moves for is girl.  My eyes were literally flashing hearts and my heart was fickle every 5 minutes because of the adorable male leads.

The twist of the story is quite surprising, and I’m warning you that you might cry.  Tender, passionate and love-affirming.

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♥ Someone Special (2004) – THAT SOMEONE SPECIAL WE OFTEN CALLED “LOVE”

This is REALLY a nice watch… the movie you will force that special someone to watch with you before you decide to tie the knot… *giggles very witty, heartwarming, extraordinarily sweet, comfy and appealing.

This flick has one of the wittiest and funniest screenplay I’ve seen.  It was not complex and will keep teasing your heart in its entire duration.  It’s a movie were all pieces complements each other well from the story premise to how the characters played their role well to the amusing conflict and to the secret love and how it was returned back.  This is one of my hall-of-famers.

SOMEONE SPECIAL MOVIE RECAP

 

♥ A Moment To Remember (2004) – THE WORTH REMEMBERING LOVE OF A MAN TO THE WOMAN WHO CAN’T REMEMBER HIM

A couple striving to keep up their relationship against the struggle with the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease… A love story of a devoted husband who stayed with her wife even when she was slowly forgetting that he happened in her life.. Poignant, deeply moving, and I cried buckets of tears here.

This movie sent me to tear-land when I first saw it, and while recapping it my heart was still moved.  This is such a strong love story, the kind of love tale you’ll share your friend who has currently having inhibitions about love.  Considering the premise involved “sickness” as a conflict, I think what made this movie so strong is because of the superb performance of the lead couple.

One of the few movies, I dearly keep in my heart.

A MOMENT TO REMEMBER MOVIE RECAP

 

♥ Lovers Concerto (2002) – THE PAINFULLY SWEET LOVE TRIANGLE OF ‘EM ALL

Stellar acting and a gorgeously written script…  A deeply immersing love story…  Tied with friendship, secret adoration and almost love, this is a little charmer that will fill you up butterflies in your stomach.

I don’t know how to react to a love triangle were a friend of mine is involved.  A man should be worthy enough to make me join a tug of war, but then again how much I love my friend also matters.  This is one of those motion picture tat you can transfer to a book without losing its essence and beauty.

♥ 200 lbs Beauty (2006) – THE WEIGHT REDUCTION LOVE VENGEANCE CHICK FLICK

Brave, sunny and worth watching with your friends… A voice talent who has weight challenges worked hard to lose weight.  She became prettier and avenged her broken heart.  A love story full of courage and never failing to hope for what love can really offer.

If Mischievous Kiss gave hope to not so bright ladies that they have a chance to snatch a smart-prince-like-man, 200 LBS Beauty provided an encouragement4shared Personal Free Online File Storage – InnityIt was simple and not overly done and was an engrossing watch.

♥ Love Phobia (2006) – THE COUPLE WHO WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST LOVE.

So I finally got the chance to watch this movie without interruptions.  Who wouldn’t fall for this darling?  I was so fond of the lead couples when they were children and loved them even more when they grew up.  So sweet, priceless and worth remembering. 

Watched it with my mom, and she loved it.  It’s a  charmingly woven love story.. and although it will make you cry in the end, I’m pretty sure it will be one of those love movies you will highly recommend.

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♥ Heaven’s Postman (2009) – THE SUPERNATURAL LOVE MOVIE THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO TRUST LOVE AGAIN

A very pretty and serene love story of moving on from the pain of a broken heart.   It has a very simple storytelling but with completeness that will touch the side of your heart that was once broken, and that was able to bounce again because of not giving up to the idea of finding love.

When you watch a love story with supernatural element inflection, you have to prepare yourself not to expect that much, and that’s what I did. Actually it was vaguely presented and was injected fully later in the story, nevertheless I love how this movie was not complicated and effortlessly endearing.

Surely worth of your rest day movie time.

HEAVEN’S POSTMAN MOVIE RECAP

♥ Lost and Found (2008) – THE GIRL WHO TOOK TIME TO REALIZE THE LOVE SHE DESERVED

If you are looking for an endearing and vibrant rom-com movie night with your boyfriend, this darling will delight you.  It’s ever moving and no dull moment.  From the feisty main female lead, the cholatey sweet lead man and the oozingly hot second male lead, this is a kind of Christmas gift you’d promise you’ll open on Christmas day, but when no one is looking out, you’ll sneak to see what it is.

Ji-ho has liked Min-woo since High School.  As her luck ran out with her current job, she bumped with her crush again when she was hit by his car while chasing the snatcher who took her bag.  She took that chance to pretend that she can’t remember anything to fulfill her 10-year dream of spending time with her crush.

But her neighbor-friend-who-secretly-loves-her, Dong-shik spoiled her staying at Min-woo’s house and brought her home while she still firmly held on her supposed amnesia.

She finally got Min-woo’s attention but Dong-shik was also determined to win the girl he has loved all her life.

This is about realizing the right love for you and chasing the romance no matter how long it will take.

♥ Once in a Summer (2006) –  THE NOSTALGIC LOVE STORY THAT WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER A FLEETING BUT UNFORGETTABLE ROMANCE

It is one of the sweetest “summer love” movie I’ve seen unfortunately though they didn’t get their ever after.  Lee Byung Hun translates to the man you won’t regret committing infidelity if you are currently in a relationship.  He’s just so manly in an I-want-to-throw-myself-in-your-arms-kind-of-way.  Su-Ae has such an expressive eyes and her blithe nature in this love movie complements the endearing character of Byung-hun oppa.

A felicity filled tale that will leave you fetching and at the same time agonizing.  It was a sweet melancholic movie of finding love and holding on to it even if it has long been gone.

ONCE IN A SUMMER MOVIE RECAP

♥ Innocent Steps (2005) – THE LOVE THAT GREW AND FOUGHT FOR YOU

This sweet dance movie was an emotion pond..  It made me feel warm, giddyish, frustrated, disappointed, annoyed, sad, appeased and then eventually blissful.

The fake marriage, dance moves and the simple yet sure love launched a well deserved love sigh from me.

P.S  I love the footprints practice dance floor.

Never Ending Story (2012)THE SUPPOSED TO BE DYING COUPLE WHO FOUND LOVE IN THE LEAST MOMENT THEY EXPECTED IT

In tradition of the death bound conflict of Korean love story, this charming movie was able to balance the premise and have it set to both the lead couple’s having after life bargains.

What this movie achieved was setting a sad note to a brighter perception. It was a film about death but the lively scenes and characters have pulled a different take on life’s passing. The love couple were adorable and swung an Edward-Bella pull worthy of your smile and sigh.
I love that it was so natural and that they first slept together inside a coffin and never ending to a traditional bed.  A carefree movie I would definitely recommend.  This was a romance charmer that will raise mirth one moment and then tug your heart at another time.  Watching it made me not expect outcomes or predict what will happen because the conflict surged up when it commenced, but I was left watching them as they have a good time alongside the struggle with their inevitable death.
It was simply done but happily narrated, and that made it hit home in me.
Radiant and resonating, this is a must watch darling.

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♥ MORE THAN BLUE (2009) – THE BEST FRIENDS WHO SECRETLY LOVED EACH OTHER BUT FAILED TO CROSS THE ROMANCE LINE

More than blue less the falling in love and dying part made me yearn to have a boy bestfriend. A film so tender and heartfelt, it will give you that sweet regret feeling as you sleep. The dearest melancholic I-secretly-love-my-bestfriend-movie I have ever seen.

What I love about this movie is the transparency of the characters, it’s as if I’m staring at my neighbor’s life because they acted so naturally good and painfully remembering.

The sad ending was really sadder than sadness but how it concluded was clearly satisfying.

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♥ A WEREWOLF BOY (2012) – THE LOVE THAT WAS NOT BOUND TO HAPPEN BUT FELT SO RIGHT

I initially feared that this movie could go overrated considering the familiar plot and stellar main leads but I’m so happy to have chanced upon a very beautiful, unconventional, heartwarming first love movie. The last time I felt it was with the film “The Classic” and I couldn’t be any happier witnessing a young love that was not bound to happen but felt so right.

The fantasy element surprisingly blended to the heartfelt connection of the main couple as the simplicity of the narrative and the conflict failed to stripped the amazing progression of this moving love tale that will surely tug your heart.

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♥ ALWAYS (2012) – THE COUPLE WHO FOUND LOVE BECAUSE OF THEIR VULNERABILITIES

I received lots of raves about this movie and I must agree to the warm response “Always” has received.  It made me miss the feeling of being in love, and I was left smiling, calmed and inspired as I immersed myself in a love story between two people who found love in their vulnerabilities.

“Always” broke the romantic dry spell I’ve been having for a while now.  It played with the cutesies, the sweetness, the laidback and the contentment feel of a love movie.

On a distracting note, and I mean it to be really utmost distracting… So Ji Sub in his rough, untidy look was a sight to behold, and the short showcase of his abs was a manna from heaven.

Seeing the love grew, saddled, steadied, lost and fulfilled was I think the reason why it created huge admiration.  It was an ever after not of a prince and a princess, but by two people whose hearts can love each other with their eyes closed.

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ANOTHER PS:  I have a few parked movies somewhere in my mind as I have to re-watch it to secure a spot on my favorites.

Also you can check my Korean movie vault here:

https://jediprincess.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/top-korean-romantic-films/


Spellbound aka Chilling Romance Korean Movie Quick Musing (2011)

I bet they were just counting on Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ki’s star power to pull this off.  Nothing much special about it, typical, and the movie just passes by.  I felt that the chemistry was there but the story was not.

 

Kang Yu-ri has literally an emotional scary baggage.  She sees dead people.  Her sixth sense ability has saddled her to be accustomed in living alone and avoiding human contact.  But things change when a street magician Ma Jo-goo entered her life, and soon enough they both are aware of the budding romance between them, but they have to defy a grumpy ghost who was Yu-ri’s ex bestfriend Joo-hee, but died in an accident they were both together.  Since then, she has haunted Yu-ri and was determined not to make her happy nor develop attachment to any people. 

Yu-ri lived in isolation because of it, and has managed to get just friends over the phone.  When Jo-goo and Yu-ri eventually admit that they were on a love web, Joo-hee caused havoc even in his practical magic shows culminating to Yu-ri giving the necklace of her friend which was under possession that has been the thing she needed to accept her unfortunate fate.  For fear of getting her loved one being hurt again, she decided to leave him, and in that one airport love declaration-I’m-begging-you-not-to-leave-me scene, I was able to forgive all the things lacking in the movie.

There was no climax, quasi-climax maybe, the only thing that kept it from being dragging were the ghost inserts, funny couple scenes and of course Lee Min Ki and Son Ye-jin.

I will say the talents were wasted, and if not for the screen presence of the lead couple, the viewer won’t stay afloat.  It was like a denouement all the time, the problem was there, but there was no “what now”?

You have an anti-casper hindering you from getting close or building relationship with someone, because of love is all around spell you chose to fight for it, both of you did, it’s just so normal.

The closure of Yu-ri from Joo-hee, who can’t accept after-life was so annoyingly done.  I just don’t like a necklace resolving the issue.  I mean the ghost was a bit all over, so it’s not proper to give a faint conclusion.  They should have made it simpler, believable and not jewelry related.  If have an unreasonable ghost friend who wants to meddle with my affairs, the shamanic thing to do is to throw a spirit of the glass, just kidding… I don’t know why a ghost will pull revenge because her friend was revived because she was first noticed by the medical man as she was wearing the borrowed necklace from her.  Does that enough to hold a grudge?  Go figure.  Dead people should know that sh*t happens.  *wink

The progress of love was awkward but I forgave it because of Jo-goo’s crying “please-don’t-leave-me-plea” and “I-don’t-care-about-your-ghost-friend-I-love-you-still-I’ll-get-used-to-it” declaration of love.

I’m sure you’ll grab another movie after, and when you doze off, there’s no trace in your memory that the movie happened.  It was enchanting when it’s on the light notes, but the conflict and the plot didn’t justify what could have been a something new romance.  Nevertheless, it’s still a must to watch if you’re a fan of both the lead actors, like me.

 

*Photos were gotten from Google images search results. 

Abby’s 2010 KDrama Picks

The OC-me-with-a-sort-of-eidetic-memory resulted in creating the list for my favorite dramas aired in 2010.  I know this is more than 365 days late but still I want to share it.  ^_^

P.S  Again, I’m more into romance genre so don’t ask if a critically acclaimed drama was not on my list.  ^_^

♥ Stars Falling From the Sky (Jan-Mar) – I was clueless of who the lead couples were when I watched this drama and with no pre-conceived feelings with the actors and still liking it very much, that says a lot about how good this love yarn was.  I like strong heroines and I like them even more when they show their vulnerability and make adjustments to their liabilities.  A woman was forced to leave her usual girly and well-off life when her parents died.  She was left taking care of her color-coded siblings.  The instant family set-up and the love you have tried to give up but you ended up falling even more made me so fond of this drama.

♥ Prosecutor Princess (Mar-May) – Intricately woven narrative with great lines and superbly layered sequence build up plus effectively personified characters made me swoon over this drama. The “confrontation-kiss-scene” brought me to the edge of ever after and had me promised myself I will vow to be a single if it’s not Park Shi Hoo that I’m gonna marry with.. *giggles  Although I had some issues with the lead girl (partly because of jealousy), she has nailed the important scenes so that was good enough for me.  This is alluring and classic, a great watch and will live up to your expectation.

♥ Personal Preference (Mar – May) – It was a witty and sort of safe encore for Lee Min Ho to pick this drama because he was able to escape his Gu Jun Pyo character.  I mean when you hit stardom, viewers have tendencies to lean on the character they want you to be playing more than the character the actor wants to act on.  So I can say his choice to star in this romcom was a wise move and instead of focusing the attention to him, he and Son Ye-jin equally shared the glory playing yin and yang to this beautiful romance.  I have seen a lot of Ye-jin unni’s performance, this was not my favorite but regardless I like how she would challenge herself to deviate from the characters she portrayed before, like if someone will ask me where she was good at, it will take me a while to answer it.  Starred by my favorite actress and another one-sided love of mine, I could not ask for more. *giggles There were lots of bright tones here which I can say compensated to some dry moments and knots that were loosely conspicuous in a kdrama addict’s eye. The doting scenes melted me and made me craved for more so some scenes that are really unnecessary were left forgotten.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (Aug – Nov) – I’m not a fan of sageuk drama and girl-pretending-a-boy-because-of-an-urgent reason is not something new for me, but I was blown away by the progress of the story and the build up of the romance in this love drama.  This is also the first time I equally like the first lead man and the second lead man.  (who wouldn’t fall for Geol Ah? *sigh).  The person you will love after your first love is like Sungkyunkwan for me.  I can’t help but love this drama each episode I was watching.  It was so addictive and full of love, and I was even surprised to have felt that way considering that it was a fusion-sageuk drama.  Having F4 like drama aired in the past few years, I say SKKS in its own right deserved so much applause.   Definitely this has a spot on top Korean dramas on Abby-land.

 

This is the perkiest period drama I’ve seen so far, if I may add it’s also the most romantic.  Considering the setting was in traditional times, they were able to execute love melting and love sighing scenes.

 

Kim Yoon Hee has assumed her sick brother’s identity and has been working as a scribe in a book store.  When financial constraint hit their family, she temporarily choked her personal convictions, and agreed to sit on the entrance exam on behalf of an aspiring Sungkyunkwan student, but another aspiring upright Sungkyunkwan scholar learned of her intentions and moved by her interesting character, he managed to have her entered the school. 

 

Under the disguise of a man, she ventured in a university populated by male and soon weaved a close friendship with intelligent Lee Sun Joon, debonair Goo Yong Ha and defiant Moon Jae Shin.  The exploits of this quartet will make you crave for more of them while they play on your TV screen.

 

This is also where your second male lead is equally as charming as your main lead, well in my case I liked Jae Shin more, and since his portrayal there, I became his stalker.   The romantic scenes laid were all heart blowing and amazingly done considering its sageuk premise.

 

Queen of Reversals (Oct 2010- Feb 2011) – Sweet and sent me to self-realizing for a day… Actually this drama got me because of Park Shi Hoo, didn’t read reviews about it which I normally do.  I’m just hopelessly in love with him so I just want to stare at his face even if I will not watch the story itself.  *giggles But I love how this drama turned out to be and there are lot of relationship ideas that were pointed out so prettily. 

 

My general perception on Hwang Tae Hee’s story is that of a woman forced to find her happiness, eventually getting it, but realizing that it was not the bliss she was supposed to have.  Her overcoming of setbacks and her guts to prove her worth is what you really call a success story, no big fortune presented, just achieving what she deserved and what she worked hard for.

 

Hwang Tae Hee worked as a distant team leader in an ad agency.  She met Bong Joon Soo in the same company and married him, but her main rival worked her way to strain their marriage.  She was forced to leave the company when her fate was manipulated by the Ad director, but after a few years, she was able to join the company again.  Just as her marriage was on the rocks and her career was in deep struggle, Goo Yong Shik, the chaebol son of the company she’s working with came in her life, and stood as her invisible butterfly wings.

 

Ain’t this woman so lucky?  She got another second chance in love, and that second chance was 10 times better than her former love. 

 

Hwang Tae Hee will be one of my favorite heroines.   It’s quite long so no chance that I stalked it online.  There were minimal lapses maybe because of the stretch of the story.  When I looked back I think it would have been better if it was not too long because the story itself was simply laid so extending it and adding unnecessary arc was safe but not really helping the story.  At any rate though, it was a worth gaping narrative. 

 

♥ My GF is a Gumiho (Aug – Oct) – Being a self-confessed fan of the Hong sisters, I really enjoyed the supernatural-mythical-romantic elements in this drama.  One of the most remembered couple I guess in the Kdramaland. I was already a Sin Min Ah fan even before and her light and natural take on her character made me love her even more.  Beautiful, never a dull moment and will always be on anyone’s top favorites. 

♥ Secret Garden (Nov 2010 – Jan 2011)  – Hyun Bin + Ha Ji Won = I’m a happy camper?  The drama woke up my inability of falling in love again with a fictional character Kim Joo Won.  Engaging and strong performance by the characters, amusing screenplay and a story that will linger and can work as a coping pill to boredom or heartbreak.  I had high expectations about this team up, and they did not fail me.  Sunny characters, a twist worth of de Maupassant, and an endearing-classic-my-mom-doesn’t-like-you-but-i-love-you love story.  Fresh and scintillating… worthy of being absent for a day… My top pick for 2010.

A Moment To Remember (2004) Movie Recap

CAST

Son Ye-jin and Jung Woo-song

A MOMENT TO REMEMBER

A bum stretches her body for yet another day observing and chatting with strangers.  He chats with a man, Choi Chul-soo, about memory. 

At a different day, the bum tries talking with a sad-looking and anxiety filled woman, Kim Su-jin, but she stands up and walks away when she admits to herself that the person she’s waiting will not come anymore.

She goes to a convenience store to buy a soda, but her distracted self forgets to bring the soda as she walks out of the store. 

She soon realizes what she left so she marches back to the store but a man keeps blocking her way.  She gazes at the store counter for her own soda, but her sight can’t catch it.  He opens the soda he’s holding, she grabs it from him, and she drinks it straight leaving no less than a drop for him to drink, and burps. 

She walks away, rides a bus, but she again realizes she forgot her wallet at the store.  She goes back and the store keeper hands her the wallet and the soda.

She reaches her home and she faces the teasing of her sister as her mother worries about her.

The next day at work, Su-jin can feel most of the eyes of her fellow office mates on her.  She is welcomed by the department head but she gets humiliated when a woman reveals her illicit affair to a married man whose wife happened to be her friend.

While sitting beside her father, she vents on how much she has disappointed him, but his father is just thankful sitting beside her and advises her to learn from her mistakes.  They drop by at her father’s workplace, but she stays inside the car because it is dusty outside.

Su-jin’s father fixes a slight issue between the foreman, Chul-soo, and another construction staff.  He explains that the foundation is not yet ready and that it should not be force less the outcome of what they are building will fail. 

Chul-soo takes a breather after showing Su-jin’s father that the materials are not yet ready.  He goes down and she sees him, and remembers her encounter with him, just then her father enters the car complaining his foreman’s temper and then they leave the building’s premise.

Su-jin’s immediate superior worries about not being able to finish the construction of a flat because the previous head worker took off not finishing the project, so she offers to help him try to find options for solutions. 

She asks her father’s help and he sends his construction minions to help resolve the problem.  He warns her though that she will be dealing with a sort of rough man.  When the elevator opens, Chul-soo steps out to Su-jin’s surprise. 

She hides when her boss walks him through where the repair is needed.  While his manly hotness, Chul-soo, asks question to her boss, she shyly peeks at him unnoticed.

When Su-jin gets a soda can from the vendo machine, repeating what she did with his coke in can during their first meet up, he grabs it from her, drinks all of it leaving no less than a drop for her to drink, and burps.

Smiling while she walks after a day’s work, Chul-soo comes in from nowhere and asks her if she is heading home.  She replies, she’s about to take the taxi.  He went to his untidy truck, settles shortly, and then opens its door when an evil-pudgy-rider-in-black snatches Su-jin’s bag.  He bumps to the truck’s door as Chul-soo helps her to fix her bag.

She stares wonderingly and amusingly as he pushes the broken glass front window.  He asks her to enter from the other door and gives her a spade to hold on to as they sail on a literally rough, windy ride.

She grins when she sees him wear goggles to evade the unruly wind, and then he hands her a construction goggles as well.  She stares at him beneath the goggles and tries to spark a conversation.  She apologizes for snatching his coke the first time they met, and she blames it on her being “forgetful”.  But no matter how she fishes for his response, he remains uncaringly unresponsive.

Su-jin prepares a pretty self and heads off to bring lunch for Chul-soo, but she just got disappointed because he was on the building site.

Su-jin goes to the construction site and peeks on Chul-soo’s truck, she’s about to open the door when someone stops her from what she’s about to do.  Then Chul-soo comes with other construction guys, so she escapes to hiding.

Later that night, together with her girlfriends, they hunt Chul-soo who was sharing drinks with his friends.  Chul-soo indulges Soo-jin’s flirting, and they end up drinking with them.

Chul-soo pours her a glass of soju and dares her that if she drinks it, she will be his girl.  Su-jin asks him the consequences if she will not oblige.  He retorts they’ll end up being strangers for the rest of their lives.  She looks at him, drinks the soju and they share their first kiss.

Officially dating, they spend wonderful moments together.  They walk sweetly in a park, play baseball in the batting range, and exchange kisses and sweet nothings.   They basically just love each other as much as they can.. everywhere, anyhow, anytime…

Chul-soo introduces the “bet the winning card” game to Su-jin as well.  It’s a game where Chul-soo shuffles the card on a table with his very fast hands and weird in between childish and gambler chant as Su-jin chooses the correct card, if she picks it right she gets a prize.

When Su-jin smells his perfume, she reckons smelling that scent somewhere.  She keeps thinking if it’s her uncle, the bus or in her dreams.  But he disregards it and keeps himself busy loving her.

Su-jin visits an old friend who reminds her of a past she is trying to forget.  She cleans up her stuff in their old apartment and leaves the keys in the mailbox.

Chul-soo lectures her about how annoying love is.  He points out how love can be painful and yet many are still falling for it.  Su-jin gets offended and she storms her way out.  He makes peace with her, and as she is trying to pity herself falling in love and getting hurt afterwards, he appeases her to forget about it.

Su-jin makes a suit for Chul-soo’s Architecture exam and waits patiently for him outside when he asks her not to.

Su-jin’s father notices her sunny mood and assumes he is seeing someone.  He asks her to have him meet them but Chul-soo disagrees.  She patiently chases follows him around to say yes in meeting her parents…

 

It would be a sin not to share some of my favorite scenes. Here’s the first one I’m sharing.   It is when Soo-jin keeps convincing him to acquiesce in seeing his family and also his firm conviction that he loves her.

While Chul-soo plays baseball…

Chul-soo:  Hell No!

Su-jin:  Why not?

Chul-soo:  Look here!  I’m dating you.  What does it got to do with your parents?

Su-jin:  You have to meet them if we are going to get married.

While Chul-soo checks on the lumber…

Su-jin:  Why not?  Don’t you love me?   You love me, right?

Chul-soo:  It may fade away.

While they are walking somewhere…

Su-jin:  Is it that hard to say I love you?

Chul-soo:  I’m getting tired of this!  Wake up!  Will you?  You’re a princess and I’m a beggar.

Chul-soo:  Why do you like me so much?

Su-jin:  (Points at the convenience store they first met) You remember that store?

Chul-soo:  No I don’t!  Go Away!

Su-jin:  I’m so scared!

While they are on the construction site…

Su-jin:  Can you live without me?

Chul-soo:  If we live together, can we die together too?  You come and go alone.  That’s life.

Su-jin:  (crying)

Chul-soo:  You cry baby!  Have you lost your parents or your country?

While they were having a dinner…

Su-jin:  Why do you want a woman to feel miserable?  What’s wrong with wanting to marry a man she loves?

Chul-soo:  (Not paying attention) This is delicious

Su-jin:  (gets her face sculpture) Why don’t you use this since you are so uncaring?

Chul-soo:  I can’t make a commitment.  Actually, I don’t want to commit.

Su-jin:  Why?

Chul-soo:  You scare me.

Su-jin:  Why?

Chul-soo:  You are too confident.  Do you have any idea how cruel life can be?  Say we get married, can we be truly happy?

At that dinner, Soo-jins family suddenly comes and her father was surprised to see his foreman.  He attempts to stand up to leave, but Su-jin grabs his hand firmly.

The dinner becomes a battle of who will talk first as they sit and no sound seems to be moving.  Soo-jin excuses herself to go to the rest room which leaves Chul-soo and her father in a more awkward situation.

Su-jin’s father breaks the ice, and starts the inquisition.  It was definitely not a pleasant “question-and-answer” portion, and as the tension heats up, Soo-jin faints outside.

Chul-soo hurriedly carries Su-jin to the hospital and she hugs him when she sees him.  Su-jin’s father surrenders to what his daughter’s heart desires.

They got married as Chul-soo becomes officially an Architect.  He patiently understands her weakness on forgetting things, and continuously being a good husband to her.

Chul-soo’s father-in-law introduced a friend who seeks a good plan for a house he wants. 

In preparation for his design presentation, she asks him about the inspiration of the house plan, he responds that his wife is the inspiration because he had the chance to see her happy with her family.  He adds that how people move under one roof is very important in building a house.

Chul-soo finally makes his presentation and is able to sign the contract to Soo-jin’s happiness.

In the morning, Chul-soo makes a coffee for Su-jin while she playfully hides her amusement looking at her husband’s lipstick-covered face.  When he realizes what she did he smiles at his wife’s mischievousness.

Su-jin meets up with her girlfriends, and they envy the happiness emanating from her married life.  Soo-jin confides that she’s been having some troubles going home as she forgets familiar streets, but they did not pay attention to her query.

Su-jin sets home looking worried if she is on the right track.  She opens the door and sees a new kitchen made by her husband.  (I can’t keep my eyes of Jang Hyuk, why did you marry without meeting me yet?  Full of glee she checks on her new kitchen, and when she faces Chul-soo, she utters how she loves him.  Late that night, she ponders while he sleeps well in her arms.

Su-jin sees a specialist to deal with her recent “forgetting” episodes.  The doctor asks her if she has been in an emotional breakdown recently, and she chronicles how she loved a married man before that when he didn’t show up to the train station for them to elope, she was left heartbroken and dying.  She also reckons meeting her ex-boyfriend’s wife in an unpleasant manner as she was hurt physically by her.  The doctor explains that she must have suffered a lot of stress and advises her to come back next week to run some tests.

Meanwhile, Chul-soo moves to his new office as his old friends from construction shares his success.  Then a surprise visitor comes in.  She looks at Chul-soo and Su-jin’s picture and comments that young girls don’t know how to cook anymore.  Chul-soo expresses anger on his estranged mother’s not so needed visit.  She is in money trouble with loan sharks so she asks him for a favor but he ignores her making her so mad and throwing unkind words to him.

Chul-soo and Su-jin ride and settle in an open space.  They plan and imagine their dream house.  He tenderly begs her to wait some more because he’s going to buy it for their family.

Slowly, Chul-soo’s cold exterior was warmed by Su-jin’s love.  They went to visit Chul-soo’s old teacher and share a picnic near the woods.  Granny in his brusque manner complains why they came only after the wedding.  He also frets on how his wood carving was not correctly done, frustrated, he excuses himself to get some water and leaves Soo-jin with his teacher.  Granny questions Soo-jin if she already met Chul-soo’s mother, and when she replies that she hasn’t met her yet, Grandpa mumbles that Chul-soo should have forgiven his mother already.

Su-jin waits for Chul-soo to fall deeply asleep, and heads to investigate about his things to find some clue about his mom.  Her investigative stint pays off and she is able to get his mother’s address.  She pays a visit and sees that her house is off to be seized by the bank.  She voices out what she discovers to Chul-soo, but he is not willing to extend some help to his mother, and they engage to a heated argument.

Su-jin keeps convincing him to forgive which causes him to be furious and making her cry.  Chul-soo angrily speaks that he can’t cry anymore because he cried all night when his mother left him for another man.  So he promised himself he’ll never cry again over his mother nor give her a penny.

Su-jin halts to her moping and pick up the torn pictures of his mother.  She tells him that forgiving isn’t that hard and it’s like giving away a plain room in your heart.  She also says that her grandpa used to say that a true carpenter is someone who can build a house in his heart but he gave all the room in his heart to his mom and his hate, that’s why he wasleft outside shivering and became so distant.  She holds his wounded hand and wipes the blood out of it.  She whispers how her father remembers that wisdom that when she almost ran off with a married man, he remains to be her loving and understanding father.

Chul-soo visits his mother in prison; he remains silently staring at her as she blurts how she should have just gotten an abortion than to have an uncaring son like him.  She reprimands him to go and live a life without a mother as his bleeding hands holds on to a piece of white cloth for strength.

Chul-soo painfully gives his hard-earned money to bail his mother out as he pictures Su-jin in the field of their dream house.   Later that night, they drink and Chul-soo vents that they are officially broke, but Su-jin in her positive demeanor takes the cigarette between his lips, gets a deck of playing cards and copies his “bet on a card” routine.  Chul-soo smiles at his endearing wife and gives her an embrace full of love.

Su-jin attends another session with her doctor.  They talk about her family.   She was asked if she has a sibling, and she fails to give her sister’s correct age and birthday.  During her tests, her problem in remembering things is very evident.

In Su-jin’s work place, she gets a surprise when she learned that her ex-boyfriend is in town and will be working in the same company as hers.  He talks to her and tells her he’s now single and hints that fate must have been playing with them because she’s now married.  He tries to explain why he didn’t show up that day, but she cut his sentence and leaves.

Su-jin and Chul-soo sit in their living room.  While putting some glue on a card board, she suddenly stands up and walk around the house, he watches her movements and when she sees him, she questions where he was, she sees the cardboard she was putting some glue on earlier and asks him if he put some glue on it.  Noticing something weird about his wife, Chul-soo inquires about her sessions with her doctor but she said she hasn’t gotten the result yet.

Su-jin meets up with her doctor for the result of her tests and sessions, and he reveals to her that she has Alzheimer’s disease thus she has some problems remembering things.  She denies accepting her being senile asserting that she’s young to acquire such disease, but the doctor was very positive with the results.  He advises her to prepare for the inevitable and to settle her affairs as she will be forgetting almost everything soon, even herself.

Su-jin wallows in self-pity and tears as she walks in the busy street thinking of what will happen in her life now.

Later that night, she tells Chul-soo of her plan to leave her job.  She requests him to do his “bet a card” game, but she walks out and pours her desperate tears realizing she might soon forget it.

Su-jin resigned from her job and stays home doing her role as a loving wife.  She receives a phone call from her ex-boyfriend, and he expresses frustration on her sudden quitting.

Chul-soo grinningly sits with his construction friends carrying the lunchbox prepared by Soo-jin.  He gets some teasing, but they were all surprised when both lunchboxes have rice on it only.

Chul-soo meets with Su-jin’s doctor and learns of her condition.  He is furious on why the doctor told him everything to her.   When denial can’t keep of Chul-soo’s anger anymore, he bargains with the doctor if Su-jin really has the disease, he is so angry he takes it on the doctor but the hospital staff calms him explaining that the doctor’s wife died of Alzheimer’s too, and that he spent half of his life doing research about it.

Su-jin faints while she heads to her workplace and a kind policeman helps her find her way.  Chul-soo calls her but a man picks up her phone saying he found the hand phone in the street.  Su-jin and the policeman see her ex-boyfriend, and he takes Su-jin from there.

They sit on a bench and he asks her if they can still go back to what they were two years ago.  Su-jin who is having her memory episode at that point thinks that they are together.  When she wakes up from her memory lapse, she runs and leaves him.

Chul-soo finds her in the baseball batting range.  She asks him if he knows that she has an eraser in her mind.  She brings out divorce but he declines it.  She asserts that she will soon forget her love for him but he insists on remembering how much they love each other. 

I cried buckets of tears in this scene, so I really want to share it to you in verbatim!  It was a perfect scene.

CHUL-SOO:   Hey fool.  Keep your eye on the ball.

SU-JIN:  It’s strange.  I only got 9 balls; it’s actually 10, right? Isn’t it?  (It’s really 9balls and she forgot it)

CHUL-SOO:  (stares at her with so much pain, confirming that she’s really sick)

SU-JIN:  Did you find out?

CHUL-SOO:  What?

SU-JIN:  That I have an eraser in my head.  Let’s part ways.

CHUL-SOO:  what?

SU-JIN:  You were right.  One can’t be happy forever.

CHUL-SOO:  What are you talking about?

SU-JIN:  It’s all over.  Think about it, what’s love good for if my memory is gone?  Don’t be so nice to me.  I’ll forget everything.

CHUL-SOO:  I’ll remember everything for you.  You know I’m smart.  I passed the Architect test on the first try.

SU-JIN:  You’re too confident.  Life can be very cruel.

CHUL-SOO:  You didn’t forget that.

SU-JIN:  How could I?  You’re so mean.

CHUL-SOO:  (voice breaking because of tears) Don’t worry.  There will be a cure.

SU-JIN:  You cry baby!  Have you lost your parents or your country?  I’ll just leave.  Please let me go okay.

CHUL-SOO:  (grabs the baseball bat) Let’s play, let’s bet on it.  Damn!  Why are you crying?  I said I’d remember everything for you.  You know what, if you forget everything, I will pop up out of nowhere.  Like this and I’ll flirt with you, you won’t be able to turn me down.  We will start afresh every day.  Like permanent dating, isn’t it wonderful?

SU-JIN:  You are going to grow a goatee again?  Let’s forget everything while we’re happy.  I’ll forget everything soon.  I won’t know why you’re with me.  You’ll be gone out of my head.  And so will I, you understand that?  As my memory disappears, my soul will vanish too.  I’m scared.

SU-JIN KNEELS AND CRIES AS CHUL-SOO WEEPS…

CHUL-SOO:  Why would your soul be lost?  Get up!  Leave it to me.  I’m your memory.  I’m your heart.  Do you understand?  Don’t cry anymore.

They embrace and leave the place holding hands, unsure of what will become of them.

We see their house surrounded by post-it notes as Chul-soo writes another and as Su-jin browse at their wedding album picture.

He hands the pills on her hand while he confirms if she remembers their address, his name and her name.  When she takes the pills, she jokingly says that she felt better already.  Chul-soo goes to work hesitantly as we see an ID hanging on Su-jin’s neck.  She reminds him to be home by 6pm, and when he forgets their plan for that night, she motions her pills which he might be needing because of not remembering his mother’s birthday

While preparing to cook a dish, Su-jin had another memory lapse.  Someone knocks on the door and she sees her ex-boyfriend holding her box of things from work.  He senses something wrong with Su-jin, and as he asks her if she’s okay, Chul-soo comes in.  The ex-boyfriend tries to explain, but he punches him.  Su-jin tries to stop the violence but cuts Chul-soo with the knife she’s holding.  Even with a broken face, the ex-boyfriend boasts that Su-jin still cares for him that’s why she wants to go back to the days she was with him.  Chul-soo becomes madder and continues hitting him just as their guests arrive and Su-jin faints.

The family learns of her condition, and Su-jin’s father offers to take care of her, but he politely refused.  Just as they are arguing on who will take care of her, Su-jin walks in and pees in her night gown.  Chul-soo rushes to her, closes the door and hugs her.  He takes off his shirt as he wipes her pee while weeping silently.

After sending off their guests, Chul-soo goes to his work room to create a miniature house and cries in silence.  In the morning, he showed it to Su-jin who smiles while staring at it.  When he heads off to work, she calls him by her ex-lover’s name and tells him “I Love You”.  He mutters he’ll be coming home early, and outside the front door, he sheds his tears again.

Chul-soo sees Su-jin’s doctor and informs him that she doesn’t recognize him anymore and that she looks straight in his eyes calling him by her ex-lover’s name.  He worries her ex-lover is still in her heart that’s why she misses those days.  The doctor advises him not to drown himself about it because her sickness makes her lose her recent memories first, and that he’s the only person who can be sure of who she really loves.

Su-jin walks around the house looking on the reminder notes and staring on her pictures with her husband.  Then she notices Chul-soo’s things, and remembers him.  She cries as the memory of their first meeting comes back in her mind.

Chul-soo comes home finding his wife not around.  He sees a letter and reads it as he weeps…

“I’m sorry.  I’m so sorry.  I never meant to break your heart.  What have I done?  Are you crying now?  I don’t want to see you crying or in pain.  I wanted to make you happy.  But all I have done is out you in agony.  I love you Chul-soo.  Don’t get me wrong.  I only love you and only you.  I only think of you.  I only remember you.  How badly do I wish to show you my heart!  IS there any way I can do that while my memory remains?  I, Kim Soo-jin love you Choi Chul-soo, only.  I don’t want to forget that.  I must not.

Can you see that?  Can you feel my heart?  I’m afraid my memory will leave again that’s why I have to tell you everything.  I love you and I’m sorry.  I met you because I was forgetful.  I’m leaving you because I’m forgetful.  You were the best thing that ever happened to me.  How thankful I am to God for sending you as gift to me.  I don’t have to remember you.  You are a part of me.  I smile, laugh and smell like you do.  I might forget you, but nothing can drive you out of my body.  Although you’ve never told me you loved me.  I know deep in my heart that you love me.  Forgive me for leaving you.  For the last time I have a favor to ask please see my father.”

Chul-soo meets her father, and he hands him the Divorce papers which he just tear in frustration and sadness.  His father-in-law urges him strongly not to waste what he worked hard to achieve and commands him to go back to work.  (And here’s my last favorite scene in text)

CHUL-SOO:  Do you know the saying…“Forgiving is just giving your hate a little room in your heart?  She’s given me a lot.  I have something to tell her before she forgets me completely.  If I don’t, my life will be meaningless.

Chul-soo files for a “missing person” report for SU-jin.  Missing her badly, he traces the wooden sculpture of her face while he looms in sadness.

Chul-soo plays in the batting range, and reliving his memory of her cheering for him he talks to her memory about not giving him a chance and her being inconsiderate of leaving him alone again.

Bunch of letters are in the mailbox when Chul-soo is about to leave their house.  He checks on the mail and reads a letter coming from Su-jin.  He travels on the road hoping he can see her for the last time as Su-jin reads the letter in the background. 

She said she wrote the letter because she remembered him that day.  She thought of writing as it might be the last time she will remember him.  She bragged about remembering the measurement of mountains, being familiar with Santa Claus and Christmas, and equating it to him to stop worrying about her.  She gave him permission to forget her so that he’ll get even with her and to date someone again and be happy.  She reminded him that he’s not cute when he’s losing his temper.  She thanked him for being a good husband to her and pleaded him not to look for her anymore.

He finally reaches his destination.  He puts on some perfume and gets out of his truck.  As he walks to Su-jin’s room, the nurse explains how life has been with Su-jin in the mental facility.

The nurse calls Su-jin’s attention while she is sketching something.  Chul-soo stares at his wife as she stares back at him.  She stands up, and her drawing book falls.  He picks it up and sees his many faces drawn on its pages.  She thanks him when he gives the drawing book to her.  He asks if she recognizes him, but she can’t remember him so he introduces himself to her.

While he observes her as she eats, Soo-jin faintly smells Chul-soo’s perfume and remembers knowing that perfume from her memory.  She feels sad not being able to completely remembers it, and asks him why he was crying.  He covers his eyes with shades and stares lovingly and painfully at her. 

He begs for permission to take her on a trip, and accompanied by the nurse, Su-jins walks on the sidewalk across the convenience store they first met.  She walks towards it and we see Chul-soo inside looking at her. 

He opens the door, opens a can of coke, but she continues to enter the store.  She sees her doctor, Chul-soo’s teacher and mother, and her family inside.  She turns back to face Chul-soo and asks him if the place is heaven.  He says yes and holding her hand, they take a ride. 

He gives Su-jin her face sculpture as he says “I Love You”.  She remembers him and throws her arms around him.

COMMENTS:

This movie sent me to tear-land when I first saw it, and while recapping it my heart was still moved.  This is such a strong love story, the kind of love tale you’ll share your friend who has currently having inhibitions about love.  Considering the premise involved “sickness” as a conflict, I think what made this movie so strong is because of the superb performance of the lead couple.

One of the few movies, I dearly keep in my heart.  ^_^

The Classic MOVIE RECAP (2003)

CAST:  Son Ye-jin, Jo Sung-woo, Jo In-sung

Ji-hye is a typical young woman, blood type O, with a constant habit of *pffft sighing and enjoys Taekwondo.  Her father died when she was young, and her mother didn’t opt to marry again. 

While tidying up the house, she takes a box which is very special to her mother.   There in the box are letters of her mother’s first love.

She is about to read one of the letters when the telephone rings, and when she comes to pick it up, the wind blows the letters out of its confinement. 

The caller is Ji-hye’s friend, Soo-gyung, who is inviting Ji-hye to come with her and Sang-min to visit an Art Museum. 

Soo-gyung likes Sang-min and Ji-hye has been helping her write love e-mail letters for him.  Secretly, Ji-hye also likes Sang-min just like most of the girls in the campus, but she has to give way for her friend.

When she gets back to the room, she sees the room in a mess because of the scattered letters.  She picks up the letters, sits down and turns the pages of a journal.   She sees a picture of a young man, and from that picture we will go to our first time travel.

Tae-soo approaches Oh Joon-ha to request him to write love letters for her fiancée, Sung Joo-hee.  When Tae-soo shows him her picture, Joon-ha is sent back to a beautiful memory he shared with her.

Joon-ha is catching a beetle with his friends, but his attention is caught when he sees a beautiful young lady passing by.  His friends tell him that she is from the city and is a Congressman’s daughter. 

In another moment, and still catching beetles with his friends, (Oh how simple and pretty killing time before, you just have to catch insects *giggles) the young woman approaches Joon-ha to look at the insect and asks him to accompany her to go to the haunted house near the river.  Lovestruck, and even without knowing how to row a boat, Joon-ha obliges to her plan.

Joon-ha and Joo-hee go haunted house hunting the next day, and when they arrive on the place, they scream when they sees an old bum drunk.  

Unfortunately, the rain falls and pushes away their boat so they have no choice but to wait for the rain to abate and settle inside a small resting place.  If eating watermelon is how they did dating before, I would be more than willing to indulge.

They start to head home, and when they pass by a wooden bridge, beautiful fireflies light the place.  He catches one for her, and I’m so envious of that scene, next time I won’t ask for flowers, just lighted flying insect surrounding an old wooden bridge. 

When they are about to depart, she gives him her necklace and when she reunites with her worried family, her grandfather slaps his face.

It is hard for Joon-ha to write letters for Tae-soo because he himself wants to tell a lot of things to her, but he doesn’t have a choice but to help his friend, and in a way continue his secret love for her.

Tae-soo comes rushing one day to find Joon-ha in the library.  He received an invitation to witness Joo-hee’s musical recital.  Joon-ha goes to see her perform and hopes to give her flowers but she was dragged for a lunch with Tae-soo’s family and hers. 

Joo-hee comes back looking for Joon-ha, and after a very short hello, she excuses herself because she can’t stay long.

Back to the present time in the Art Museum, Ji-hye exchanges glances with Sang-min while Soo-gyung annoyingly played sweet with him. 

When Ji-hye tells Soo-gyung that she’s wanting to leave, he tries to convince her otherwise by asking her to spend the dinner with them, but she politely refuse it. 

When she is about to leave, Sang-min calls her again and asks her to pick a gift.  She picks one. leaves, but Soo-gyung follows her to exchange the present she got.

When she gets home, she iss debating whether to open or not the gift, and when she finally open it, she is surprised to see a cute bear key chain and a short love letter. 

Of course the user-friendly Soo-gyung demands to get the love note when she reads it to her ovet the telephone. Ji-hye is sad thinking that Sang-min must have really like Soo-gyung a lot to write something sweet and special like that.

Switching to another flashback, Tae-soo asks Joon-ha to come with him to a Polka class with Joo-hee and her friend Na-hee.  Joo-hee is surprised when Tae-soo introduces Joon-ha as his bestfriend. 

The secret lovers exchange whispers on how coincidence is playing with them as Tae-soo in his playfulness changes the Polka music to Rock and Roll.  Tae-soo walks Joo-hee home, and annoyed with her tongue twister display, Joon-ha leaves Na-hee’s side secretly and rushes to catch up with Joo-hee. 

When Joo-hee is about to ring the door bell, the street light flicks on and off in resemblance of a firefly, and she smiles when she sees him standing beside the street light post.  She embraces him and our I-love-my-bestfriend’s-fiancee-love-tale is established.

Back to the present time, Ji-hye purposely tries to be late on her music class only to find out Soo-gyung patiently waits for her as well to get the love note. 

Ji-hye gets caught in the rain so she shelters herself under a tree.  She sees Sang-min running towards the shed and pretends she doesn’t notice him, but he calls her attention and they are put in an awkward situation.

 

When she tries running away, he asks her where she is heading.  She tells him her destination and he offers to run with her until she gets to the library.  Under that rainy day, with Sang-min’s jacket and a secret love resonating in the air, my second favorite scene happened.

During the morning exercise, Tae-soo tells Joon-ha that Joo-hee is not responding anymore to his letters and it’s making him sad because it’s the first time he has really liked a girl.  He goes to see Joo-hee to confess his feelings for her. 

When Joon-ha and Joo-hee meets up that night, he requests her to reply to Tae-soo’s letter.   It made Joo-hee sad because they are torn in causing pain to someone both dear to them. 

Joo-hee decides on not seeing Joon-ha and Tae-soo anymore because of their complicated situation, but Joon-ha still visits him every night turning the street light on and off. (This is why I’m lucky because my friends don’t have the same preference as mine when choosing a guy.)

Joon-ha visits sick Joo-hee, and he tells her that he wanted to come clean with Tae-soo, but when he tells him about it, he laughs and retorts not to let the necklace Joo-hee gave to him be seen by his father because he gave it to her as a gift. 

During school break they exchange letters, and one of the letters got returned back to Tae-soo’s address.  He is hurt big time by his father because of it.  Joo-hee’s father learns of her secret affair with Joon-ha and her plan to visit her grandfather’s house is cancelled.

When Tae-soo and Joon-ha get back to school, not being able to handle the emotional stress, Tae-soo pretends to be sick during the morning exercises and attempts to commit suicide.  (Before all the other bromance I saw, this has been my first favorite.)

When Joo-hee visits Tae-soo in the hospital, Joon-ha hung the necklace she gave him on the door knob and left.  She tries chasing him but he is nowhere to be found.

Back to the current time, The store owner chats with Ji-hye.  She narrates that she has a special umbrella, and it is special because Sang-min gave it to him. 

She tells Ji-hye that Sang-min left it the other day when the rain was pouring heavily.  Ji-hye realizes that it was the same day when she met him under the tree shed.  It dawns on her that he might have liked her too and ran happily under the rain to see him to confirm her suspicion.

She goes to see Sang-min to confirm if they have mutual feelings, and when she was about to walk away away, he stops her and admits his feelings to her.  He tells her that he likes her all along, and that when he asked her to pick up the present, he was hoping, she’ll get the one with the note.  (which we all know we got when Soo-gyung replaced hers)

During the stage play, Soo-gyung makes a fuss and childishly declares her love for him while they are on stage acting.  When the curtains close,  Sang-min reprimandes her and they end up slapping each other’s face. 

Ji-hye and Sang-min go for a date and she tells him about her parent’s love story.

Tae-soo and Joo-hee meet again during a civil rally they both participated.  When the war breaks in, Joo-hee learns from Tae-soo that Joon-ha will be signing in for the war, she goes to the heroes’ send off, at first he ignores her, but his heart melts and she gives him the necklace again.

But the war blinded Joon-ha, when he realizes that the necklace is lost, he goes back to the war zone and gets into an explosion.  He wasn’t able to return to Joo-hee’s side and later married another woman who patiently took care of him even if he was blind.

Years later, Joon-ha finally meets with Joo-hee.   He tells her that he was married already.  He is pretending all along that he is not blind, but Joo-hee learns what he is trying to hide when he talks about a piano doll which was earlier picked up by a little boy to play with it. 

She asks him how she looks and he replies differently.  He hurriedly makes an excuse to be out of the situation but he falls down on the floor. 

Both of them cries of how their love will be coming to an end.  He tells her he even practiced there in the restaurant last night to calculate his movements but it is still not perfect. He tries returning the necklace, but she puts it back on him and tells him that it will always belong to him.

Tae-soo and Joo-hee got married and had Ji-hye, but Tae-soo died after three years.  In the movie, Ji-hye has been seen doing that *pfffffttttt sigh, which she actually got from Tae-soo. 

After Ji-hye narrated her parents’ love tale, Sang-min cries and takes off the same necklace her mother gave to Joon-ha.  As it turned out, he is Joon-ha’s son and the love that their parents weren’t able to have, will be finally achieved in their time.

Joo-hee and Sang-min passes by the fireflies bridge where their parents love story started.  Sangmin catches a firefly and gives it to Ji-hye.  He kisses her and the love fate denied their parents are given once again for them to continue.  ^_^

“CHANCE is a GIFT for those who TRY”

COMMENT: 

When I first saw this movie, I was deeply moved I named all my pet dog…  Sang-min.  *giggles  Until now, my pet is named Sang-min.  It was a time-transcending love at it’s best.  This made me love Director Kwak Jae-young much more. 

Korean Love Drama List

Might as well blog these K-Dramas who stayed with me when I’m sad, flirty, happy and in love…  Here’s a taste of feel-good Korean Romantic dramas, you might want to watch with your friends, partners,  and soon to be “future” person… ^_^ = my personal favorite

♥ Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011) – The light, feel-good and fast-paced vibe sent me wanting for more, and ended up being satisfied as each episode ends.  Without trying that much the characters grew on me and Cha Chi Soo tied with Dokko Jin this year for my favorite male leads.  One of the best for 2011, it swept me off my feet the way Prince Charming could have never done it to me.  Charming and full of romantic bliss plus an adorable Second Lead as an extra perk, you’re a descendant of Lord Voldemort if you fail to appreciate it.

♥ The Princess’ Man (2011)A period drama taking the Romeo and Juliet romance background.  With one of the vilest villain my eyes has set upon on television.  Nonetheless, for a not so sageuk fan like me it stirred emotions and glue-like substance to make me stay in touch with it and finishing it till the end.  Marvelously done music and editing and with richly personified characters, this is a drama worth of a red carpet recognition.  (10/10/10)

♥Scent of a Woman (2011) I won’t forget Yeon-jae and Ji-wook’s love story.  Theirs is full of passion, trust and commitment to love each other whatever the future holds.  To date this is my favorite Korean drama ever and Yeon-jae and Ji-wook’s lovestory will always be special in my heart.  A love tale that has made me cried big time, but still made me feel hopeful after the tears.  Scent of a Woman is so life and love affirming that it affected me in a way that it made me get so serious with making my own bucket list.  If a newbie will ask me what I can recommend for a first time watcher, without hesitation, I will certainly recommend this drama.


♥You’ve Fallen for me aka Heartstrings (2011) I would recommend this to anyone suffering extreme heartache to trigger their ability to love again.  This is refreshingly sweet and the kind of drama you’ll watch and never get tired of it..  Oozing with sweet moments and a lead actor who knew what buttons to tickle and make you filled of heart flutters.  A little lapses and a sort of rushed ending but Lee Shin made up for all those little things it was missing.


♥Myungwol the Spy (2011)The sort-of-chaos that happened during the airing of this drama didn’t stop me from being immersed on the characters and the funny, exciting. full of twist, and undeniably pretty story. I became interested with Eric because of his character here, and when I check on his other dramas, the man sure can act and is really hot. Since rom-com dramas are everywhere in the kimchidrama land, it’s hard to generate a love story of a man and a woman that you haven’t seen, heard or read before, true there may have been love stories about spies, but the crisp and outlandish of Myungwol took me by surprise, and I just love surprises.

♥City Hunter (2011) – I’m very fond of the lead couple after watching them in their respective Kdramas and I’ve loved them even more in this drama.  Very charming display of their characters. A story of revenge and realizing that there’s more to life than revenge.  It’s hard not to fall for this drama because it hit all the elements you can ask for.  Superb directing, scriptwriting and acting.  I could not ask for more.  ^_^

♥Best Love aka The Greatest Love (2011) – I was so in love with this drama when it was airing.  As always Hong sisters got me with their lead couple bickering-turned-to-loving.  It’s full of heart flutters and bliss.  A story of a striving-to-remain-in-the-Korean-showbizness woman and a top-Korean-actor.  It’s one of my favorites for 2011.  It might make you skip work if you watch it during work days so better watch it on a weekend.  It’s also the first time I fell in love to the second male lead almost at the same level as the first male lead.   I don’t know what kind of water Hong sisters drink for them to come up with really good love stories.  Dokko Jin entered my lead man Hall of Fame list and Pil-joo joined Geol-ah to my “really-they-deserved-the-girl” list.  This is something you will dream of when you sleep and a very good reason for you to bargain with time to speed up so that the day of its airing can happen.  Certified on Abby’s must-watch list. Full of ahhs and ohhs, this is one of the best rom-com dramas I’ve watched so far.  Consider you’re forewarned.

♥Baby Faced Beauty (2011) – it’s light, refreshing and full of hope and dreams.  The character development will slowly and surely capture you.  A story of a 34-year old woman who has to set aside her dream of being a designer to take the role of the breadwinner in the family.  She was given an opportunity to have her dream but she has to pretend she’s 9 years younger.  It may be slow moving but you will end up loving the story.

♥49 Days (2011)I found the premise intriguing as it involves fantasy intervention… it slowly picked up in my system but having a soft spot for I’m-here-for-you-all-along-why-can’t-you-notice-me kind of love, it won me over.  Neat and prettily written story with twists and gasps, and will be on my top 3 dramas for 2011.

♥Dream High (2011)Breezy, glee-like-maybe-even-better, and lead actors that will put you most of the time in the land of “i want to be with you”… I say this is a dark horse this year and the musical bearing sets it apart from the rest of the dramas this season.

♥My Princess (2011) – one of my favorite behind-bickering-they-love-each-other couple.  The only Song Seong Heon drama that I like.  Very appealing and enticing.  Kim Tae Hee proved she can do the light and classy… a must watch, eye-candy and worth recommending.  ^_^

♥ Secret Garden (2010) – Hyun Bin + Ha Ji Won = I’m a happy camper?  The drama woke up my inability of falling in love again with a fictional character Kim Joo Won.  Engaging and strong performance by the characters, amusing screenplay and a story that will linger and can work as a coping pill to boredom or heartbreak.  I had high expectations about this team up, and they did not fail me.  Sunny characters, a twist worth of de Maupassant, and an endearing-classic-my-mom-doesn’t-like-you-but-i-love-you love story.  Fresh and scintillating… worthy of being absent for a day… My top pick for 2010. ^_^

♥Queen of Reversals (2010) – Sweet and sent me to self-realizing for a day… Actually this drama got me because of Park Shi Hoo, didn’t read reviews about it which I normally do.  I’m just hopelessly in love with him so I just want to stare at his face even if I will not watch the story itself.  *giggles But I love how this drama turned out to be and there are lot of relationship ideas that were pointed out so prettily.  Hwang Tae Hee will be one of my favorite heroines. 


♥ City Hall (2009)I’ve watched this drama after I came across Dokko Jin, and the politics-based love story blew me away.  The closing scene was shot so perfectly I promised myself I will vow to be a single if I won’t get that kind of romantic scene for a wedding proposal.

♥ You’re Beautiful (2009) – Jang Geun Seok still lingers in my dreams because of this drama. Hong sisters have done a superb job crafting this drama.  One of the few dramas who killed me with so much anticipation. Great chemistry between our favorite K-band characters. After Jang geun Seok swept me off my feet here I hunted all his Korean movies and watched it. Amazingly sweet and with lots of love vibes. Fast paced, beautifully crafted, sweet moments at it’s best. ^_^

♥ My GF is a Gumiho (2010)Being a self-confessed fan of the Hong sisters, I really enjoyed the supernatural-mythical-romantic elements in this drama.  One of the most remembered couple I guess in the Kdramaland. I was already a Sin Min Ah fan even before and her light and natural take on her character made me love her even more.  Beautiful, never a dull moment and will always be on anyone’s top favorites. Incorporating folklore and romance on its best… nicely done, great acting, witty screen play, and definitely on my top 3 K-Drama of 2010. ^_^

♥Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)Bromance incorporating a touch of traditional Korean history and way of living made the series riveting… such charming characters and will leave butterflies in your tummy.   The person you will love after your first love is like Sungkyunkwan for me.  I can’t help but love this drama each episode I was watching.  It was so addictive and full of love, and I was even surprised to have felt that way considering that it was a fusion-sageuk drama.  Having F4 like drama aired in the past few years, I say SKKS in its own right deserved so much applause.  Our F4 scholars made me so in love for a while and even now I still am in love with Geol Ah.  Definitely this has a spot on top Korean dramas on Abby-land.

♥ Personal Preference (2010) – Starred by my favorite actress and another one-sided love of mine, I could not ask for more. *giggles There were lots of bright tones here which I can say compensated to some dry moments and knots that were loosely conspicuous in a kdrama addict’s eye. The doting scenes melted me and made me craved for more so some scenes that are really unnecessary were left forgotten.  Your typical I’m-here-to-protect-you-love-story but with a twist.  ^_^

♥ Prosecutor Princess (2010) – Surprisingly sweet, comforting and a lead actor to drool and you can use as a calming pill.  More than safe storyline and will get you hooked when you least expected it.  Intricately woven narrative with great lines and superbly layered sequence build up plus effectively personified characters made me swoon over this drama. The “confrontation-kiss-scene” brought me to the edge of ever after and had me promised myself I will vow to be a single if it’s not Park Shi Hoo that I’m gonna marry with.. *giggles This is alluring and classic, a great watch and will live up to your expectation.

♥ Mischievous/Playful Kiss (2010) – I’ve seen how Japan and Taiwanese’ did their live adaptation so there’s always the comparison, I still prefer Taiwan’s version though, but this is quirky, lovely and you’ll have so many ways to love it.

♥ Iris (2009) – Since it was big budgeted and composed of top stars in Korea, it should definitely be worth watching… riveting, fast paced and top notch… But I’ve watched lots of spy dramas so it didn’t at all affect me.

♥ Boys Before Flowers (2009) – When it was aired in Korea, it was like the anticipation of Harry Potter book 7 for me, I’m so excited of Wednesdays because I get to watch it. Teen romance bliss at it’s best. ^_^

♥ Beethoven Virus (2009) – Great acting, scriptwriting and directing… It will slowly creep its way to you, and without you realizing it you are deeply immersed in each character’s life.

♥Coffee Prince (2007)Coffee Prince cemented my growing fondness towards Yoon Eun Hye.  *giggles  I liked her in Goong, and I like her even more here.  The music was so refreshing.  How the love grew between the lead characters was simply laid and yet so affecting and definitive.  If you are currently having a bitter heart because of a failed relationship it can surely disarm you and walk you through appreciating love again.  Addictive and will make you believe in love if you are unable to do so… ^_^

♥ Shining Inheritance (2010) –  I rarely watch mellow drama but there was something engaging in this modern-day-Cinderella-meets-spoiled-prince-romantic-interlude.  Seeing Han Hyo Joo in a different light was a surprise because I was not happy when I first saw her in Spring Waltz.  If not for the brilliant portrayal of the villain step mom here and how Eun-sung struggled and defeated the odds, the story will really not go beyond plain to interesting.  It took a while for me to fall in love, but I did eventually. A love story that builds up nicely.

♥ Love story in Harvard – Kim Rae Won is an actor that can easily sink in to any character he takes, and until now he still amuses me how he does that.  He’s so feel good and engaging to look at, and he effectively displayed that in LSIH.  There are a lot of heart-fluttering scenes which KRW nailed superbly.  I’m a sucker for finding-a-lost-love-and-realizing-the-love-is-still-there-drama so regardless of minimal inconsistencies and out of the context scenes, the fluidity and realistic appeal of the romantic elements were enough for me to put this on my favorite list.

♥ Goong (Princess Hours) – Growing love was really sweet in this drama and would make you remember your first love.   Great Music, great lines.  The build up of love is heart felt and lingering.  ^_^

♥ A Love To Kill – Classic directing and editing, decent conflict didn’t make the drama so dragging. Rain at his best.  ^_^

♥ Full House – Light and carefree. Cute couple fights and the famous 3 bear song made me smile a lot while watching it.  The sweet and simple storyline made tit a runaway hit.  ^_^

♥ Autumn Tale –  A very sad moving love story.  If serendipity has a twin evil brother, it was lurking the whole time in the story..  A few sweet moments, and a drama that is anti-ever-after.   The twist and simplicity of the story was very heartwarming. Heart-tugging storyline and will definitely linger in your heart.A lot of people cried over this KDrama. The twist and simplicity of the story was very heartwarming. Heart-tugging storyline and will definitely linger in your heart.

♥ What happened in Bali –  This is my favorite drama ending. There are only a few kdramas with decent endings, and if I’m strange because I love the ending of the ill-fated love triangle that this love interlude presented, I don’t care! *giggles At least they have provided a closure and a very strong closure for that matter.  Realistic and smokin’ hot.   Stirring and stimulating. Not a happily ever after drama, but definitely high grade scriptwriting and directing. Realistic and sensational. ^_^

♥ Love Marriage –   I was kinda hesitant when I first took my DVD copy of this drama to watch.  When I look at the lead couple it felt like they were not in sync physically.  There’s nothing spectacular about the story itself and is very laid back, and that’s maybe the reason why I fell for it.   Snappy scriptwriting, spirited lead actors and adorable love story.

♥ 1% of anything – A lovestory between a sweet middle school teacher and a hot tempered rich man. Fun, refreshing and one of the reason why Kang Dong Won is in my Korean Prince list.  ^_^

♥ Which Star did you come from – Poignant twist in the story can go either way depending on how you would want to take it. Neat storyline, but sometimes slow moving.  Light, eye-pleasing and another Kim Rae Won hit for me.

♥ Delightful Girl Chun Hyang – perky and bubbly… with lots of zest and romance…  Watched it after My Girl, and this sent me stalking Hong sisters from then on.

♥ Hanoi Bride – Lee Dong Wook is my favorite actor that’s why I watched it… quick, typical love story, somewhat great acting….

♥ Hello Miss – slow, sometimes entertaining, the only good thing here is Lee Dae Hee.

♥ La Dolce Vita – mature, splendid and realistic… marvelous acting and storyline…  If you have been induced by light rom-com dramas full of raining rose petals and couple bickering, this will be something new for your taste.

♥ My Lovely Samsoon –  I really think Hyun Bin was given by Heavenly Father to me, and until now I still have that illusion. *giggles He’s that actor whose gaze can make me so mesmerize and drool of what it feels like to be with him, in short I was meant for him, and it’s a one side love. Sam Soon is an addictive drama, subconsciously and in the real world. The writing and the weight of the story was justified by the endearing couple. It something which will nudge you of what you have experienced at some point sometime in your relationship.  Upbeat, mesmerizing, engaging and one of my favorites.  ^_^

♥ Fireworks – dreary storyline elevation… the only good thing to watch is the lead actor… tolerable and forgettable…

♥ Witch Yoo Hee – This was where I first noticed Jae Hee and his smooth smile. I have funny and sweet moments with this drama, but it’s just all that I guess. It was sort of more than an inch safe. Had it add more inflections and deleted unnnecessary scenes it would have been nicer.  Sometimes scattered and sometimes amusing.

♥ Stained Glass – typical, can be stirring at some point… sometimes spiritless… In between mediocre and above expectation I guess… Strikingly cute but not enough to make you remember it.

♥ Last Scandal – nice storyline, superb acting and chemistry between the lead actors, edifying and passionate.

♥ Save the Last Dance For MeA beautiful moving story of finding love and falling in love all over again to the same person.  It is my favorite Eugene drama.  At some point it was slow moving but it essentially helped the narrative of the drama.  This is like a love story taken out of your favorite harlequin novel but with a more pronounced lingering effect.  Deeply moving… fascinating characters… spell binding story…

best korean romantic films

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Initially this is just a page for Korean romantic films, but I’ve added some films that are not really romantic so that you can check whether to watch it or not.

I have included long recaps and short movie summaries for your reference, you can also see it all in my Korean Movie Recap Page.

I have rated it A(for Amazing), B+(for Breathtaking), B(for Beautiful), C+(for Cliche but Charming), C(for Crazy but Tolerable) D(for Disappointing), F(for Forget it).   I added additional tips for your reference.  My recent entries would be on a yearly basis from now on so the most recent dramas would be on the first entries.

I have included long recaps and short movie summaries for your perusal, you can also see it all in my Korean Movie Recap Page.

 

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♥ My Sassy girl (2001) – If you haven’t watched this love pill, then you haven’t watched a really good rom-com movie.  Needless to say, this is one of my favorite love films.  A perfect date movie. A girl who has some past love issues was saved by a cheerful young man when she almost got caught by a train.  Fate played with them and the boy slowly became fond of her and decided that he would heal whatever that pain she has.  If I can marry someone like Gyeon-woo, I’ll be damn happy.  *wink

MY SASSY GIRL MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy       GRADE:  A

 

♥ Il Mare (2000) – Hollywood made a remake of this movie (The Lake house), but still I prefer how Koreans did it. A man and a woman engaged in a romance as they exchanged love letters and leaving it inside a mail box.  Time element executed perfectly.  Addictive and deeply touching love movie. *wink

IL MARE MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance, Fantasy     GRADE:  B

♥ Daddy Long Legs (2005) Ha Ji Won played a role of a radio scriptwriter who was always dreaming of meeting the guy who helped her pay her tuition in college.  She accidentally bumped into emails that tells about a girl’s long time admiration over a guy.  She finally had a chance to meet her daddy-long-legs and there she learned that it was his younger brother who asked him to do all the things for her.  She also learned that it was her daddy-long -legs who wrote those emails, however he switched his gender when he was writing the emails. Daddy-long-legs lost all his memories including that of the girl’s because he was dying and he asked his brother to make the girl happy once he lost his memory.  You’ll never get tired of watching it. Amazingly sweet and mesmerizing.

DADDY LONG LEGS MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance     GRADE:  B

♥ My Little Bride (2004) – An ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace was forced to marry a guy out of her grandfather’s wish. Her being young and the I-am-a-married-high-school-girl made this movie so charming.  Dandy, cheerful, playful, this film will let you remember that feeling you have on the first person you ever had a crush on. *wink

MY LITTLE BRIDE MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ Daisy (2006) – I like how Jun Ji Hyun reinvents herself as an actress, that’s why I love all her films.  Set in Netherlands, Ji Hyun played the role of a street painter that will become the love interest of a secret service agent and a professional hitman.  Thrilling, lingering, and romantic elements were put in splendidly fine. *wink

DAISY MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance, Espionage, Melodrama     GRADE:  A

♥ Humming (2008) – This is good for those who are in currently a long-running relationship. The lead actor was quite tired of the relationship with her GF.  He was about to leave for Alaska to avoid her, but she met an accident and fell into a coma. He starts remembering the relationship he had with her while nursing her back to health. Will he discover the love he has never realized?  Passionate, a bit tear jerker with a twist that you may or may not like.

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  C+

♥ The Classic (2003) – A perfectly film captured unsurpassed romance.  This film will make you think about flowers, summer walks and pure love.   True to its title, it is an epic love movie that you can tell your grandchildren and be giddyish and at the same time nostalgic about it.

A young woman accidentally bumped on her mother’s love story and she got deeply engaged with it.  The parallelism from the characters of switching timelines was well portrayed and there was just so much love in the air.*wink

THE CLASSIC MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  A

♥ My BF is Type B (2005) – Nice girl meets a temperamental guy. Go figure what it would be like.  Girls always fall for bad guys and it’s always been a mystery why. Lively, witty and mesmerizing… A sweet love that turns sweeter at every scene.  ^_^

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B

♥ Heartbreak Library (2008) – Not really a romance movie for the lead actors.  It was more of feeling the pain of someone who lost his one great love.  An unconventional love movie that focus on the downside of being in love.  Strikingly fresh and very charming at the same time. ^_^

GENRE:  Melodrama, Romance     GRADE:  B

♥ My Wife Got Married (2008) – Full of mischief and kink, this is one sexy film crazily perceived and executed spontaneously making it gratifying to watch even with the slight carnal insinuations.  Son Ye Jin was a player who hates marriage until she met a guy who showed her that it’s possible to enjoy being committed.  Then she kinda like the idea being married so she asked her husband if she can have a marriage spree.  Her submissive husband agreed and off they engaged to a kind of marriage you won’t think would happen in real life.  Playful and mischievously flirty.

GENRE:  Romance     GRADE:  B+

♥ A Millionaire’s First Love (2006) – Hyun Bin was a millionaire’s heir but in order for him to have his fortune, his dead granny forced him to finish High School in the suburb. There he discovered the past that he erased in his mind, and the truth that money can’t save the life of the girl he loves.  Bewitchingly passionate and might leave some tears in your eyes. 

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B+

♥ Windstruck (2004) – They said it was a sort of like the prequel to My Sassy Girl, but I say otherwise.  It is a sad film about a woman who was given help to move on by the man she loved even when he is already in the after life.  Kwak Jae Young’s open-ended fantasy element made the movie an inspiring spectacle even with the movie’s grieving premise.   ^_^

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B+

♥ My Tutor Friend 1 (2003) – A lazy school boy meets the tutor he would never dream to have. The Sweet bickerings and a proof that people can accidentally be in love is what made this sweet flick captivating to watch.

 GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  C+

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♥ My Tutor Friend 2 (2006) – A touching story of two completely different students from two completely different worlds who fell in love with each other.  Donning the original “tutor friend” plot, An exchanged student from Japan went to Seoul and stayed in a guest house where she met her Hangeul Class tutor and eventually fell in love with him.  A lot of jinks and some slapstick comedy from the supporting cast here and there.  Even with the cliches it was still charming.

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B

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♥ 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004) – After dumping her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, Ha Young met a college guy when she accidentally kicked a can that hit him in the face and caused him to scratch his pricey Lexus car. He demanded she paid him $3000 on the spot and wrote up an “Enslavement Agreement” for her in order to pay for the damage to his car.   She got into a nightmarish slave life for 100 days, cleaning his house, running his errands, doing his homework and cleaning his car. Ooops.. I almost told the whole story so I have to halt it… Upbeat, enchanting and one of my favorites.

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GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ He was Cool (2004) – A cheerful high school student clumsily left a message on the school website in response to the school bully’s post. She was then stalked by the school bully since then. and while trying to evade him she accidentally kissed him after she jumped in the school’s back wall.  It was a classic are-we-in-love-mutually love game that bounce gorgeously when the couple realized that they were meant to be together.

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ Romance of their own/A Wolf’s temptation (2004)–  Two hot guys fought for a sweet naive, girl.  (I swear you would want to trade places with the girl on this movie.)  It’s your proverbial teenage sweet and angsty torn between two lovers romance with a heartbreaking twist that will make  you cry.  The story really took time to explain fully the narrative and even with a trite conflict, it was concluded neatly in the end.  Tender, passionate and love-affirming, that romance movie you need along with a blanket and hot chocolate drink on a cold rainy day. 

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ My Girl and I (2005) – A heartwarming story about true love and happiness.  A guy returned to his hometown after ten years to attend a reunion with his high school friends.  In his return, he also remembered the sad story of his one great first love.  Nostalgic and will crawl in your emotions as it triggers those furtive bittersweet recollections we had with our own failed first love.

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B

♥ Unstoppable Marriage (2007) – Sweet and easy-going girl who grew up in a normal middle-class household with a strict and traditional father met willful plastic surgeon who was born into a wealthy family, and has the ego to match his income. Their two worlds collided quite literally when they met through a paragliding accident. It’s a classic case of opposites attract as they fight, falter, and fall in love, but their incompatible families are determined to break them apart.  

GENRE:  Romance, Family     GRADE:  C+

♥ Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006) – The lead girl was a believer in true love and has always been very dedicated to her current boyfriend.  However, men always break up with her. Distracted by the latest break-up, she bumped into a car and a man stepped out of it who turned out to be her new boss.  He has very clear ideas about a relationship and love.  He believed that relationship a game of power and she sought advice from him, as she doesn’t want to get dumped again.  But the lessons turned to adorations and they had to survive their preconceived love notions and reluctance.

GENRE:  Romance     GRADE:  C+

♥ Jenny and Juno (2005) – The plot centered on the relationship of a 15-year-old couple, Jenny and Juno who met in school, fell in love and ended up in a teenage pregnancy.  When Jenny discovered that she was pregnant, she and Juno decided against having an abortion, and opted for parenthood instead.  They tried to conceal the pregnancy from their families for as long as possible, but the truth was revealed eventually, and their parents did not approve of it initially.  But their love to the unborn child made them stronger even with the weight of the problem they had to tackle at their very young age.  This is a nice educational film for high school students to remind them of the harsh realities when you got knocked up at a young age.

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B+

♥ Speedy Scandal (2008) – This upbeat delight is an amazing movie treat for a family or friendly getaway.  As a self-confessed Cha Tae Hyun fan, the signature amusing humor in most of his films kicked wild and sassy all through the ending easing a work week stress if you will watch it. 

Ham Hyun Soo works as a local radio celebrity and is a playboy on the side.  His world was changed upside down when a young girl approached him and claimed to be her long lost daughter along with her son.  An instant-father-and-a-young-grandfather, this family made the movie time so worthwhile as they worked on the new family they were put into while adjusting to the invasion of their personal spaces in the most adorable way.

To protect his public image and maintain his womanizing around, Hyun Soo hid his new family’s identity, but having gotten his stubbornness, her daughter Jae In even joined his radio show for indie singers raking in a great following from the audience.  Eventually the awkwardness subsided, and Hyun Soo realized how his daughter and grandson mattered dearly in his life.

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