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Arthdal Chronicles: on episode 1~6

Cast has been and remains the biggest draw to dramas/movies for me. Over the years, however, behind-the-screen team like the director or scriptwriter started playing a part too, especially once i started noticing some familiar names and how some of my top — and least — favorite dramas were brainchilds of the same people. Among the directors line, Kim Won-suk is one of them; he made me check out Signal, then My Ahjussi, and now Arthdal Chronicles. Continue reading “Arthdal Chronicles: on episode 1~6”

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Beautiful World: on episode 5~16, final thoughts

So… i finished this slow-moving melodrama. Without skipping any episodes, or even any scenes. Even if i’d fast-forward and speed up through them. Which is an accomplishment since in the beginning, i was so sure i’d jump to the last few episodes just to watch everyone get the comeuppance they deserve and see how it ends. Continue reading “Beautiful World: on episode 5~16, final thoughts”

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[Drama] Trace

“Let’s converse. While we’re still alive.”

Unnatural opened my eyes to forensic dramas, which i never had the interest in due to its genre, showing me that they could offer one of the best human dramas out there despite the morbid content. That said, i’m not actively looking for the next forensic dramas to watch, although that gem of the drama was one of the reasons for me to check Trace ~Kasouken no Otoko~ out. Continue reading “[Drama] Trace”

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Beautiful World: first impression on episode 1~4

Turning 17 this year, Nam Da-reum already has a really long list of acting projects under his belt, mostly playing the younger counterpart of the male lead. For such roles, he only appears from a few scenes to a couple of episodes per title. So, when i heard that he’s finally headlining his own drama which shall allow him to appear for the entire series, i can’t pass that up.

My only mistake was not checking what the drama was all about. With a Beautiful World title as well as a smiling Nam Da-reum against the clear blue sky poster, nothing could possibly go wrong, right? Continue reading “Beautiful World: first impression on episode 1~4”

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Mirror Twins: first impression on episode 1~2

Spring j-dorama season has started. Although i have yet to check the full spread to list the ones i’ll be looking out for, i’ve checked out a few of them, and the one that piques my interest is Mirror Twins. The storyline ain’t that interesting in the first two episodes, but it’s the setup that intrigues me: about two people with identical DNA, where one is pinned for the crime the other did and strives to prove his innocence in the face of incriminating evidence against him. Continue reading “Mirror Twins: first impression on episode 1~2”

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Fortune telling by temp psychic staff Ataru

“Now is such a tough era for working people. [But no matter what your concerns are,] it’s okay. Because you are not the only one who is suffering.”

Workplace drama either gives us insight into a certain industry’s workings or allows us to live through its characters and subsequently learn from them. And to get its moral lessons, sometimes we need to read between the lines, sometimes they spell it out for us. Haken Uranaishi Ataru is the latter in both cases. Continue reading “Fortune telling by temp psychic staff Ataru”