Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jjongah couple episode 2

The Girl's Day members teased the new couple along the hallway. It seems that the both of them were satisfied with each other as they smiled brightly. A mission letter arrived and they were shocked to be instructed to get married on the same day! Hong Jong Hyun laughed at the absurdity again. 

Hyeri and Minah teased the couple, making them nervous at the thought of walking down the wedding altar hand in hand. The couple were too shocked at this point as everything seems too fast for them. 

We Got Married host Hong Jin Young came by to congrats the new couple. Hong Jong Hyun quickly asked for her help to host the wedding. Hong Jin Young sharply pointed out that Hong Jong Hyun looked gloomy, to which the latter denied. Haha.. Is it too much to handle? Anyway, we can count on Hong Jin Young to come to their rescue as she volunteered to help the new couple in the preparations. 

While the idols went back to their performance, Hong Jin Young and Hong Jong Hyun had a small talk. As a senior couple in We Got married, Hong Jin Young gave some valuable advices to Jong Hyun. A blushful Hong Jong Hyun laughed embarassly at the mention of skinship. He pointed out that Jin Young is like a military senior giving a lecture about how to get closer through skinship. At the solo interview, Hong Jong Hyun revealed that Skinship does not come easy for him and he is jealous of people who can does so easily. 

Finally, the couple prepared themselves for the wedding ceremony as the celebrities marched in to witnessed their union. The seats were mainly filled up with idols. In my opinion, this venue is a great place for an outdoor simple wedding ceremony. All the docorations were beautiful and we truly anticipate the arrival of the bride and groom. 

Yura looks beautiful in a white pretty dress and Hong Jong Hyun look dashing as usual. Time for the couple to march in to the altar and they looked at each other nervously. Hong Jong Hyun mustered up his courage to held Yura hand as they match in together. In the interview, Yura mentioned that he likes the way Jong Hyun held her hand in an elegant manner. Ok, I am so envious of her right now. Hahaha... 

The couple walked in gracefully as the guests cheered for them. Yura accidentally stepped on her dress and she quickly regained her balance. The Girl's Day members teased her for the mistake. At the wedding altar, the couple listened earnestly to the wedding officiant words of wisdom. Soon after, the blushful couple took the vow to become husband and wife. 

Now, the newlywed were requested to looked into each other eyes and they covered their face in embarrassment. How adorable!!! They can't even looked at each other face without laughing in embarrassment! I can understand their feelings since they only met each other for two hours and the next moment they are officially married. Normally couples get to know each other for a period of time before they get married, however for this new couple, the arranged marriage happens too fast. Hong Jong Hyun shared that his wife is too young for her but when he saw her in the wedding dress, he saw a bride in her. That sounds so sweet! 

The wedding host announced that there  was a congratulation video recorded for the special day by the groom friends to send their blessings to the newlywed. Hong Jong Hyun looked bewildered and turned his head to look at the video. Here we are looking at three gorgeous men sending their blessings to the couple. Omo.. If they can come together, i would buy them dinner too. 

What a great idea to invite powerhouse Ailee to be the wedding singer! What a perfect wedding! I would dream of having Ailee as my wedding singer too! The couple and everyone present enjoyed  her singing. With a grateful heart, the couple bowed and thanked Ailee for the romantic song. 

Hong Jin Young prepared another delightful song for the newlywed couple. She belted up her famous song - Love battery. Yura danced to the music naturally, but Jong Hyun looked very stiff and he observed Yura dancing to the song. He tried to follow the actions such as lifting up his thumbs and making an attempt to move to the beat. However, he looked so awkward and weird with the  dance movement. 

Finally, the wedding was officially over as they gathered together to take a picture. Hong Jong Hyun break into a cute and shy smile.  They thought that is the end of the hectic day and they heaved a sign of relieve. However, before they knew it, the couple received yet another mission. A honeymoon using a camper! Wait a minute, Yura do you think your are going overseas for the honeymoon? Of course not! Jong Hyun, now you know that your wife is so innocent? Yura suggests that they play with water for their honeymoon and Jong Hyun readily agreed. However, Yura seem to have second thoughts about watersport since she claimed that wet hair make her look ugly and she regretted what she said. Don't worry darling, you will be just fine. 

The next day, the newlywed couple met up with each other. Yura was impressed with Jong Hyun wearing the casual clothes stylishly. Of course, since he is a supermodel to begin with! He can fit into any outfit without looking weird. Look what Jong Hyun bring along for the honeymoon? His favorite hobby is playing RC cars to share with his wife later! Looks like he is still a boy at heart. At this moment, Yura have another concern. Is Jong Hyun able to drive a big vehicle? That is s camper and Yura can't help worrying about their safety. Jong Hyun reassured Yura that they will be just fine if he drives a little slower. 

In the car, Yura started the conversation by complimenting Jong Hyun for his excellent driving skills. Upon hearing that, Jong Hyun laughed and said that he is just keeping to the lane. Yura keep talking about wanting to visit New York where the Spider-Man movie was shot to look at the skycapper. Yura also joked about her native dialect and her weird way of speaking that is not standard Korean. A mission card was found in the car, and their goal is to call each other honey or darling. The couple decided to take things into their own hands and change the mission to giving each other a nickname. Before they crack their brains to come out with a nickname for each other, Yura complained of hunger. Hong Jong Hyun revealed in a separate interview that Yura is very innocent like a child. On the other hand, Yura revealed in her interview that she prefers a person from Seoul that speak standard Korean than a person who speaks with a strong dialect accents. 

They decided to alight from the camper to eat a bowl of udon together. Before they alight, Yura burst out a secret about her group mate Hyeri. Did she say that Hyeri failed her driving exam many times and Minah is the only one without driving license? My dear Yura there are certain things you shouldn't share publicly. However, I think they will not hold it against you. The couple are silently together, neither of them dare to make too much noise while eating. Hong Jong Hyun remembered about giving each other nicknames. In the end, they came out with Jjiong oppa and Ahyoung ( Yura birth name). 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jjongah couple episode 1

It was a beautiful weather during summer, and it was suitable for a wedding. At MBC station, the singers were rehearsing for a spectacular performance later on in the day. It was this day that we were introduced to our lovely bride - Yura. She is a member of Girl's Day. They were all excited to find out who is the groom for Yura. With a child photo and a ring in hand, Girl's Day begin their search. They came out with many guesses and eventually decided to search at the Idols waiting room. 

They make many wild guesses and one of the male idol was mistaken as the groom. It is hilarious to see their different  reactions. They opened the door and Zico from B block welcome them with open arms! Wait a minute, is he the groom?  Unfortuantely not, since he was pointed out to have a big nose that is different from the picture. Zico asked Yura what will happen if you find this person? Yura innocently answered we will get married. It was followed by a cheeky response , what about after you get married? The Girl's Day members were shocked and their protective instinct send them away to another room for their next search. Wow! Did Jaehyo guessed it correctly? It is Hong Jong Hyun!  Yes! 

Hong Jong Hyun introduced himself as a model/actor. During the interview, he talked about his character which is quiet, shy and reserved. He talk about his ideal type and revealed that he hope his partner has a bubbly and cheerful personality. After the interview, he was immediately given the mission card to find his partner. He was told to play a soccer game at the rooftop. In order to get the hint, he has to kick down a number on the board. He could only laughed at the absurdity of the situation. It was funny that he claimed to love football as a sport but could not score a goal till 40 times.  

Eventually, he achieved the goal and was given another mission card. That is Yura childhood photo. This time round, he has to go down to meet the comedians. Hong Jong Hyun walked down the corridor of the editing room and was amazed and fascinated by his first experience in the variety show department.  Soon he was greeted by a group of gag queens who were staging a performance at the hallway. As soon as they spotted Hong Jong Hyun, they started to chase after him. 

When Hong Jong Hyun registered the thoughts that they were coming after him, he turned around and ran away. Unfortunately, he was caught and grabbed by these powerful ladies. Hong Jong Hyun could only laughed at the absurdity and could not believed this is happening to him. Well, I could understand his feelings. It must be shocking to see a group of ladies flocked towards himself like the bees and honey. 

During the interview, Hong Jong Hyun stated that he dislike people touching him. Omo, I foresee that Hong Jong Hyun is a ice prince armed with an iron wall. Anyway, he was given the task to contact his bride on the phone for 1 minute. 

He texted his bride and waited for her response. I know he is a supermodel, and he looks so cool striking this pose even though it was unintentional. Yes, I am in a fangirling mode right now!

The Girl's Day members thought of playing with the groom, which make it difficult for him to accomplish the task. While the girls were having fun unknowingly, Hong Jong Hyun was frustrated with their response. Soon, the phone was taken away from him to his dismay. 

Without any clue, a visibly tired Hong Jong Hyun can only asked for help from his good friend Afterschool Nana. They met each other and Nana complimented Hong Jong Hyun for his sharp attire. They searched through the Internet and narrowed their search to Girl's Day. Both of them concluded that SoJin and Yura resembled the girl in the photograph. 

Hong Jong Hyun decided to check on Girl's Day waiting room. He heard the commotion within the room and deduced that his guess was correct. On the other hand, the Girl's Day members were busy arranging their seats to fool the groom and Yura was visibly flustered by the whole situation. During her solo interview, she mentioned that she like someone that is humorous and is able to handle her playfulness. 

Hong Jong Hyun knocked the door and came into the room. All the girls reacted strongly with a loud scream. He was asked to identify his bride and Minah pretended that she is the one, only to be told that he has seen the photograph. Hong Jong Hyun said that it is either SoJin or Yura and he choose Yura in the end. During the solo interview. Hong Jong Hyun mentioned that he knew his bride is Yura when she hide behind her group mates with a shy smile. 

Both of them exchanged rings to the cheer of Girl's Day. They looked so embarrassed and Yura was blushing from all the teasing. Eventually, the Girl's Day members left the couple alone in the room. Outside the room, the Girl's Day members expressed their thoughts about this union. It seems that both Yura and Hong Jong Hyun were happy to pair up with each other too. 

The atmosphere was awkward in the room and Yura kept asking questions and tried to strike a conversation with him. Even asking about blood type and if they have ever heard about each other?That was really an awkward situation! Those who has been through matchmaking should be able to understand the awkward feelings. It is like two strangers trying to know each other on the first day of meeting. 

Yura and Hong Jong Hyun decided to speak casually in an informal manner. It was hilarious that Yura did not realize that Hong Jong Hyun has been speaking bamnal to her all these while. Omo, I can't blame her since Hong Jong Hyun was speaking casually with a straight face. Hahaha. Both of them were so adorable that I can't wait to see their progress in the later episodes. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

We got married: Jjongah couple

There is something really cute and lovely about this couple in We Got married. I normally do not watch this variety show since it started four years ago and only begins to see its magic lately with the premise of our youngest Jjongah couple. They don't do skinship with each other that much. Mainly because of Hong Jong Hyun who is so shy. He needs more time to feel comfortable and closer to someone. 

Their relationship progress slowly, which does not look fake onscreen. Not to say that the rest of the couples are fake. However, Jjongah couple look the most natural to me. They are like the toppings of a strawberry shortcake, easy on the eyes and smooth as the cream. The both of them look stunning when they were first introduced. It is like watching an idol drama right from the start. 

I guess I am invested in this couple not only because of their matching appearances and amazing chemistry. In terms of personality wise, their differences in dynamic is interesting to watch too. Whoever thought of matching this couple together deserve the credit for its overall great effect.

It is wise to say that it's important to get a haircut that is more suitable for yourself. I prefer the visual image of Hong Jong Hyun in We Got married. Kudos to his stylist! Wait a minute, don't you think Kim Woobin and Hong Jong Hyun look alike? Indeed, they look like brothers. 

I am sure Yura heart must be fluttering whenever she is with Hong Jong Hyun. What a lucky girl! He is such a good catch is'nt it? How to meet someone like him that is cute, smart, gentle, handsome, manly, cool and gorgerous?!! 

Through We got married, I get to know more about this two celebrities. Prior to the show, I do know Hong Jong Hyun as a model/actor but I am not a fan girl. He is very handsome but I do mistaken him as Kim Woobin who happens to be his best friend too. It does not helps that, he was previously outshone by his other cast members in Kdrama. It is only recently, he begin to project more of his charm and got noticed everywhere. It is a great career boost for him to be featured in We Got married. Undoubtedly, Hong Jong Hyun is the up and coming leading man in Kdrama. 

On the other hand, I know Girl's day through Running man. However, I do not have a deep impression of Yura. Therefore, I am glad to see the other side of Yura through this variety show. We only see Kim Yura onstage and her personality does not come out strong as compared to the other group members. However, we get to see the cheerful and girlish charm of this lady in We Got Married. 

Yura always look at Hong Jong Hyun with adoring eyes and she is so straightfoward with her feelings. It is noted that Yura speaks fondly of her Jjong oppa, be it during interviews or anywhere. Likewise, Hong Jong Hyun always smiles brightly whenever Ahyoungie (Yura) name was mentioned. Some people say that Hong Jong Hyun is too cold for Yura. In my opinion, the both of them balanced and complement each other pretty well. 

Both of them seem to enjoy each other company on the show and that is pleasing to the viewers. They have their own lovey-dovey moments and ultimately both of them gained fame and love for pairing up with each other. Indeed, by appearing together they have achieved good publicity as a onscreen couple. Now, if only they will be together in real life too? Back to reality and they are just a fantasy imaginary couple. Fans can only hope they have something more than just close friends. 

Ok, don't get me started to rattle on how good they look together. They met onscreen for the first time at inkigayo after they left the variety show - We Got Married. Yura posted this picture on the Instagram with three roses from Jjong oppa. He also bought a cake to celebrate the comeback of Girl's day. How sweet is that? Yura also returned his kind gesture by giving him an autographed album of herself. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DramaQueen review: We Got Married

Korean reality variety show We Got Married has been running on broadcast for four years. This is their forth year in the making. Yes, this is the season four and the show is undergoing some changes along the way to improve viewership. The objective of the program is to put two celebrities together to form a virtual marriage where the couple have to accomplish missions (mini games) during this period of time.

The highlight of this variety show is to create an opportunity for the matchmake couples to interact with each other, and to convince the viewers of the possibility that these reel-life couples may eventually become real-life couple after spending their virtual marriage together. I am not a big fan of those fake marriage onscreen couple and the idea that these couple been "forced" together sounds cheesy and awkward. 

My first impression of the variety program is simply an illusion for the fans to cheer for a celebrity couple that they like and the actors/actress appears to be acting like what they does in a Korean drama. Simply placed that in a variety reality show context and this is what we see on the television. Each week, these celebrities couple that participated in the program will showcase their idea of a married life in a virtual marriage. 

These were my thoughts on We Got Married until one day, I happened to browse through the Internet and watched  a short segment of the show. Wow! I was impressed with the chemistry between each couple. Normally, this type of variety show is not my cup of tea. However, Kim Yura and Hong Jong Hyun changed my opinion of the variety show. They showed disagreement, jealousy and the sweetness that we see in a young couple. Those simple and straightforward way they presented themselves were interesting. Therefore, I begin to have interest in We Got Married. 

The bottom line is that we should not forget that these couples are just virtual couples in a virtual marriage. Let's not take their relationship so seriously and get too carried away. I feel that we should simply enjoy these fantasy couple amazing onscreen chemistry! 

Hong Jong Hyun and Kim Yura aka Jjongah couple

First Impression: They make a handsome couple to begin with. Hong Jong Hyun is a supermodel turned actor and Yura is a pretty idol from Girl's Day. They are so compatible visually that it created a great interest in me when they were first introduced. The idea of a big contrast in personality between this two celebrities attracted my attention. We have a calm, quiet, matured and handsome prince Jong Hyun, together with our bubbly and cute princess Kim Ah Young (Yura). Both of them are talented and skilled in their own ways. Jong Hyun surprised me with his handiwork! He is good with hammer and nails and he is great in problem-solving too. On the other hand, Ah Young is clumsy and cheerful. Her talent in drawings surprised me and I am truly impressed. Initially, I think Yura laughter is annoying, however I soon get used to her laughing in such a way. Perhaps that is simply her way to hide her awkward feeling? 

Rumors: Hong Jong Hyun and After School NaNa dating scandal. Both agencies and WGM producers had stepped in to denied the scandal. 

What netizens say: Yura is pitiful and it almost looks like she is desperate for Jong Hyun love. Some people commented that Jong Hyun is too cold to Yura and often looked annoyed when he is with her. Some viewers said that they have a sibling relationship rather than a married couple. 

My Verdict: In my opinion, this couple appears to be the most sincere towards each other. Hong Jong Hyun is an introvert person, while Yura is more outgoing. I like the way he took care of Yura in a quiet and gentlemanly manner. He has difficulties in expressing himself through aegyo and needs time to get close to someone. However, he did showed his playful side and teased Yura gradually. In my perspective, Jong Hyun is a blunt person and he is more matured than Yura. However, he did tried his best to adjust to Yura and get close to her at his own pace. There is no denial that Jong Hyun is attentive to Yura onscreen and listens to her most of the time. On the other hand, Yura is always so bright and enthusiastic. That makes Hong Jong Hyun look colder onscreen as he does not respond much to Yura antics.

Chemistry level: 5/5 - They are like the main characters in Itazura Na Kiss (Naoki and Kotoko). 

Possibility to date in real life: 4/5 - Unlike the rest of the couples, they took their time to know each other and not straight away jump into skinship. Perhaps personal feelings were involved just like what Jong Hyun had mentioned during the interview? Indeed, they are dating like friends in the show. Although, Jong Hyun used to date women that are more matured, he also seems to enjoy taking care of a younger lady too. Let's keep our fingers cross!

Song Jae Rim and Kim So Eun aka SoRim couple

First impression: They are compatible and look good when placed together. Both of them want to outwit each other and were in some sort of competition on mind games. Those push and pull game in a relationship. Wow! They are not as simple as Jjongah relationship. 

Rumors: Kim So Eun stated that she will not date Song Jae Rim in real life during an interview. There was also a scandal between So Eun and Junho from boyband 2pm. 

What netizens say: Some people criticized Kim So Eun for her lack of professionalism. On the other hand, Song Jae Rim was praised for been gracious and kind to her partner. 

My verdicts: Jae Rim is a model actor and So Eun is an actress. I believe this two eye candies were simply acting to be into each other during the show. I mean how difficult can this be when they are both good at acting? There is no denial that they do have chemistry with each other, or else they would not have won the best couple awards. They act lovey dovey onscreen and Jae Rim been cheesy and aggressive at times.

Chemistry level: 5/5 - Those hot and sexy photoshot for their pictorial album. Wow! 

Possibility to date in real life: 2/5 - Kim So Eun has said it all. They will not date in real life. Song Jae Rim is really a sweet guy, I hope he will find someone better. 

Hong Jin Young and Nam Goong Min aka the Goong Jin couple 

First impression: The youngest Jjongah couple at the stage of getting to know each other. Sorim couple is like a pair of honeymoon couple. This eldest couple is simply the most season couple. They look like they have been through all the early stages and is very comfortable with each other.

Rumors: They are the only couple that has no scandal during the filming of the variety show. Hong Jin Young also stated that she is loyal to her We got married partner and refused to go out with people that are interested in her. 

What netizens say: They are the most favorite couple in many viewers eyes. However, the way they flirt with each other in a "matured" manner can be uncomfortable to some people. 

My verdicts: They are already in their thirties and the both of them does not have idol baggage. It is definitely very enjoyable to watch them onscreen. They are simply the most open and funny couple in the variety show. 

Chemistry level: 5/5 - They simply flirted everywhere they go! Smelling and hugging each other! Not to forget the kisses... :)

Possibility to date in real life: 3/5 - Nam Goong Min had stated that they will not date after the variety show but will remain in contact with each other. Perhaps they may remain as close friends or lovers in the future? I hope their chemistry in the program can be carried forward to real life. However, that could be our wishful thinking. Anyway, let's give them some space and not pressure them to be together. It is afterall just a virtual marriage. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Drama Review: Misaeng (Incomplete life)



Since he was a child, the board game baduk has been everything to Jang Geu-rae. But when he fails at achieving his dream of becoming a professional baduk player, Geu-rae must leave his isolated existence and enter the real world armed with nothing but a high school equivalent exam on his resume. Through an acquaintance's recommendation, he gets hired as an intern at One International, a large trading company.

There, Geu-rae meets his boss, manager Oh Sang-shik, who's a workaholic and has a warm personality; fellow intern Ahn Young-yi, who attracts her colleagues' ire because of her impressive educational credentials and by being extremely competent at any task; and Jang Baek-gi, a geeky co-worker whose anxious nature masks his inner ambition. Geu-rae learns to navigate and adapt to corporate culture, with baduk as his guide. - Wikipedia

Misaeng OST: Han Hee Jang - 내 일 (Tomorrow)

Webtoon: Misaeng

Introduction to the main characters 

Im Si-wan as Jang Geu-Rae

Character: loner, clueless, smart, resilient 

Strength: brilliant since he learnt about strategies and problem-solving skills since young and he can put that into practice. 

Weaknesses: Clueless about office politics 

Background: He used to play baduk from 7 years old and was training to be a professional player. However, due to financial situations and family issue, he had to quit baduk. Now, he is a 26 years old man that does not have any skills or qualifications. He is naturally a social misfit in many people eyes. People were curious about how he lived his life like this for 26 years. Geu-Rae blamed himself for not making the extra efforts and promised to work with great quality and quantity. He is an underdog to root for as the story progress and we will gradually see his transformation. 

Lee Sung Min as Oh Sang Shik

Character: Stubborn, hardworking, dependable, warm, workaholic 

Strength: Good leader, charismatic and command respect

Weaknesses: drink and smoke too much

Background: He work hard through the proper way but was slow to climb up the cooperate ladder as compared to his other colleagues. A loving family man, but does not treat his family that well. He stick to his own principles and will fight for things that he think is right according to his perspective. Initially, he has doubts about Geu Rae as he dislike "connection" in workplace. However, he gradually changed his mind and mentor Geu Rae along the way. 

Kang Sora as Ahn Young Yi

Character: Competent, smart, independent 

Strength: Strong, resilient, patient, attractive

Weaknesses: Tough cookie, stubbornness 

Background: Young Yi father longed to have a son and was disappointed that Young Yi was born as a girl. As a young girl, Young-Yi proved to be a tough cookie. She always tries her best in everything that she does. There is a mysterious aura about her, since she does not talk about anything personal such as her family. 

Kang Ha Neul as Jung Baek Gi

Character: Arrogant, prideful, Ambitious 

Strength: Good qualification, gentleman 

Weaknesses: Arrogant

Background: He is goal oriented and place his self interest above everything. However, he will lend a helping hand to others if it does not hinder his success. He is a survivor in the office politics and  is considered as an outstanding intern in the company. He thought that he is at a higher league than Geu Rae and was jealous of him. However, he gradually  learn more about Geu Rae after working with him in a project and observe his way of working. In the end, he humbled himself and became closer with the other rookies too. 

Byul Yo Han as Han Seok Yool

Character: Slacker, talkative, obsessed with fabric since his family work at the site.

Strength: High adaptability, smooth talker, cheerful

Weaknesses: impatient

Background: His nickname is a wall dog. Which means that he is not serious about work and knows how to manipulate people and situations to his benefits. He is also good in digging information and uses everything to his advantage. During a presentation, he has stage fright and a flashback to his past enabled us to understand this person better and empathise his situations.  Just like the rest of the rookies, he has his own challenges in work too. 

Kim Dae-Myung as Kim Dong Shik

Character: Loyal, warm, dedicated to work

Strength: A good role model and senior to his hoobaes

Weaknesses: Bluntness 

Background: He is part of sales team 3 and is a great subordinate to Chief Oh and a good senior to Geu Rae. He had followed chief Oh for many years and he enjoyed working with him. 

Drama Queen thoughts 

Comradeship is one of the highlight of this drama. I love the bromance between the rookies too. They went through internship, work through tough times and build their comradeship over time. Their character development were evident as the story progress. This is the only drama that did not emphasize too much about the love line and that is unusual, since most of the Korean drama talks about love as the main topic. It is refreshing and interesting to see something different that they offered in this drama. Nonetheless,  the plot itself is enough to get me engaged in every single minute. Instead of complicated love relationship, we have comrades that support each other.

All of the actresses and actors work very well together and have great chemistry with each other. I like the character development and the screenwriters have successfully make us root for each character in the drama, not only the underdog Geu Rae. Among all the impressive cast, I like Lee Sung Min acting the most. This veteran actor is so good at conveying his emotions using body language and expressions in his eyes. His character as the super salary man mentor is charismatic. Im Shi Wan and Byul Yo Han were both making great impressions in their respective role too.

The storyline is quite depressing and featured the darker side of office politics and the survivor rules in the society. There are many things to learn from this drama. We see the different style of each salaryman and the daily challenges that they face. It is more practical and convincing to unveil the reality of life than some fluffy romance comedy in a office settings. The story illustrates the struggles of a regular salaryman, and the daily situations faced by the four rookies in their team. I am glad that the writers have the courage to offer something different and unique. 

We learnt about the sacrifices that the team leader have to make in order to protect his team, the discrimination towards women in a male dominance workplace, the disappointments in life, adapting to the harsh environment, the long working hour and the hard truth that they suffered so much is just for the sake of their family and the salary that bank into their accounts every month. Amidst the serious and dark tone of the drama, the writers injected some humour along the way and sometimes in unexpected situations too.

The introduction of baduk (Go game) is sometimes too profound for me to understand fully as I am unfamiliar with this game. Despite that, it is a good way to blend in Go game with the daily challenges that Geu Rae faced. It is interesting to analyse the characters and see the way they uses strategies and problem solving skills to solve those problems. I am impressed with the nice pacing of the drama, the camera angle, the sound effects and the suspense in between every exciting moments.

In conclusion, Misaeng portrayed a more realistic view about office politics and the story never have any dull moment. I have learnt that there are many roads in life and it is all about the matter of choice and how we want to cross the road that we choose. At the same time, bearing the consequences of our every action. Misaeng which means incomplete life has a deep meaning behind the title. After watching the drama, I agreed that we all live a incomplete life and it is how we choose to live our life and make the best out of every situation. I would highly recommend this Korean drama if you have not watch it.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Dear sister Japanese drama review


Misaki (Satomi Ishihara) and Hazuki (Nao Matsushita) are sisters. When they were younger, Misaki did not study well, but she had a charming personality which endeared her to others. Older sister Hazuki was meticulous, but she wasn't very good socially. Hazuki was also jealous of her younger sister, believing her mother only loved Misaki. After graduating from high school, Misaki left home and the family has not heard from her since.

Hazuki is now 29-years-old and works at a local government office. Her boyfriend works in the same office and they hope to marry soon. Suddenly, Misaki, who is now 27-years-old, appears in front of Hazuki and they begin to live together. Misaki has a secret that she can't tell anyone.  - Asiawiki 

Introducing the characters

Satomi Ishihara as Misaki Fukazawa

Character: impulsive, stubborn, wilful, strong headed, charming

Nao Matsushita as Hazuki Fukazawa

Character: lack of confidence, meticulous

Takanori Iwata as Eito Sakuraba

Character: Love Misaki so much, attentive, caring, kind

Hiroyuki Hirayama as Yohei Hagiwara

Character: Shy, gentle, silly

Dear Sister OST: Che'Nelle Happiness

Drama Queen thoughts

My first impression of Dear sister was rather poor. Satomi came across as an overbearing spoilt sister that does not spare a thought about other people feelings in the first two episodes. It was a little shocking to me as the previous drama I remembered her as a lovable and smart leading lady in Rich Man, poor woman. However, her character in Dear sister was irritating at first, but slowly as the story developed, we find out that there is a reason behind her every action. She still maintained a mysterious aura till  the middle of the drama, that is when we finally know more about Misaki and understand her better. After watching Dear Sister, I realized that we cannot judge everything based on the surface of things. There could be more than what meets the eyes. Human relationship can be complicated and it can be simple too. At the end of the day, perhaps being honest with each other can avoid many misunderstanding.


My love for this drama grew stronger with every episode, mainly because of the beautiful sisters. They interacted like real sisters, bickering and fighting with each other. Despite the siblings rivalry, they do love each other deeply. They simply used different methods to love and care for one another. The bonding between them makes the whole show engaging and watchable.

Eito is a character that is really adorable to me. The way he cares for Misaki melts my heart and I wondered is there really such a great man in the actual world that we lived in? He allowed Misaki to mistake him as a gay for many years and is always there for her! Eito also does not mind that the baby that Misaki is carrying belongs to his elder brother. Does this type of sweet and loving guy only appears in drama? Almost to the extend of extinction? Although I love Eito in this drama, he is simply too nice to be true. Anyway, I am glad that this cool guy finally achieved happiness in life.

Hiroyuki and Hazuki love line is rather boring to begin with. They really took their time to finally date each other. Their love is like a merry-go-round. They tried to second guess each other thoughts and were passive in love. In fact, they are actually a matchmake in heaven. Their personality and interests complement each other very well. In the end, they finally mustered up the courage to go out on dates like a normal couple. Sometimes, they behaved like teenagers falling in love. To think that they were almost in their thirties, the feeling of pure love is still strong. I ended up rooting for this couple to be together too.


I dislike Eito elder brother Soichiro. He is supposed to be a teacher but he ended up to be entangled in a love triangle with his student Misaki and his wife. Honestly, I personally do not think he is that charming for Misaki and Hazuki to have a crush on him. Misaki even engaged in a sexual relationship with him! This person is a loser and a jerk to me. The way he handles relationship is so bad that I felt that he is so irrelevant here.
In conclusion

Dear Sister is a heartwarming drama that touches my heart. I am not going to give any spoilers for those who have not watch this drama yet. However, all I can comment is that I am impressed with this 10 episodes drama. The way the plot was executed to the character development came across as earnest and sincere in its presentation. There were a mixture of tears and laughter along the way. Mistakes to be forgiven and redeemed towards the end of the drama. Dear Sister does not protray itself as over dramatic, although the drama itself does has it own flaw. In conclusion, Dear sister generally progress at a nice pace and the characters brings a big smile on my face. 

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