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Arthdal Chronicles: on episode 13~18, final thoughts

There are certain types of ending that more often than not upset me: too-open ending, rushed ending, last-minute happy ending, unwarranted tragic ending, an ending with lots of loose ends or that raises even more questions. But i just discovered one that tops it all: a no-ending ending… courtesy of Arthdal Chronicles. Continue reading “Arthdal Chronicles: on episode 13~18, final thoughts”

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[Drama] Hotel Del Luna

Hong Sisters are the first screenwriters i learned in k-dramaverse. They’ve penned a string of hit dramas, and while i enjoyed some more than the others, none of them actually made it to my all-time or personal favorites. In fact, Hotel Del Luna is the first drama of theirs i finished since Master’s Sun in 2013, which may say something about its quality… or not. Continue reading “[Drama] Hotel Del Luna”

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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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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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The Smile Has Left Your Eyes: final thoughts

“Why didn’t i know before? There are so many beautiful things in the world.”

Regrets always come late. Sometimes too late to turn things around. But nothing is ever too far gone — in exception of one-dimensional characters sans a slightest hint of conscience. Hence my pet peeve of characters saying they’ve gone too far to stop whatever plot they’re executing. Continue reading “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes: final thoughts”

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The Crowned Clown: halfway through

I’m back with yet another sageuk drama post ๐Ÿ™‚

That i would be this fascinated by sageuk is something unthinkable for my younger self when i got into K-dramas more than a decade ago. I did enjoy a couple of them, namelyย Dae Jang Geum and Dong Yi, but their respective length also made me reluctant to check out other titles in the ensuing years, regardless of the positive reviews. Also because political intrigues wasn’t my cup of tea at all. Fast forward to 2019 and i could safely say that sageuk is probably the genre that i’m drawn to and sticking with till the end the easiest. Continue reading “The Crowned Clown: halfway through”