Attention, Love!

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Attention, Love!

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Attention, Love! was a Taiwanese drama that aired from July 30, 2017 to November 05, 2017. The drama starred Wang Zi as Yan Li Zheng, our hero, and Joanne Tseng as Zhong Shao Xi, our heroine. Riley Wang played Wang Jin Li, the second lead that spends half the drama in love with Shao Xi. Guo Shu Yao played An Xiao Qiao/Angelina, the heroine’s reluctant friend who loved Jin Li.

Attention, Love! is a story about Li Zheng and Shao Xi who have been linked from birth. The two are named by the same person, almost immediately engaged at birth, and meet again when they are in high school, when Li Zheng comes to live with Shao Xi’s family.  This drama is about how the two fall in love, grow to accept that love, and grow as persons through knowing each other.

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Tomorrow with You

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Tomorrow With You

I just finished watching time traveler drama Tomorrow With You, which aired on tvN between February 3, 2017 and March 25, 2017. The drama starred Lee Je Hoon as Yoo So Joon, our time traveler, and Shin Min Ah as Song Ma Rin, the time traveler’s wife. The two were surrounded by friends and, in Ma Rin’s case, a mother, but the story is mainly about how a time traveler, even knowing the future, is still surprised by life and can lose to fate. Continue reading

Manhole: Wonderland’s Pil Mini-Review

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Manhole: Wonderland’s Pil

Just finished watching KBS’s drama titled Manhole: Wonderland’s Pil which aired from August to September of 2017. The drama starred UEE as Kang Soo Jin (female lead), Kim Jae Joong as Bong Pil (male lead), Baro as Jo Seok Tae (male lead’s friend), and Jung Hye Sung as Yoon Jin Sook (second female lead). We also had other side characters played by Lee Sang Yi as Oh Dal Soo (Friend #2), Kang Hong Suk as Yoo Goo Gil (Older Friend), Kim Min Ji as Hong Jung Ae (friend of the girls) and Jang Mi Kwan as Park Jae Hyun (crazy fiance).

Manhole was about one man’s involuntary journey into the past to get the girl he has loved for the past 28 years, and the twists and turns that come with messing with time. We get to go on this increasingly twisted journey with Pil until he finally does get the girl in the end. The only question then becomes is did he really deserve the girl at all? And did the girl deserve him? In fact, did anyone really deserve what they got in the drama? Continue reading

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Mini-Review

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

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I just finished watching Korean Drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, which aired from February to April of 2017. The drama starred Park Bo Young as the titular Do Bong Soon, Park Hyung Shik as Ahn Min Hyuk, her prince charming, and In Gook Doo, her first love.

The drama was about strong woman Do Bong Soon, who comes from a long line of strong women, who have spent generations using their strength for good. Why? Because if they use their strength for personal gain or if they hurt an innocent, they will end up losing that strength. These powers are passed down from mother to daughter only.

Do Bong Soon has spent her entire life hiding her powers, and living a half life because of her unique abilities. This is the story of how she learns to use her powers for good, or it was meant to be. Continue reading

Black and White

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Black and White

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I just finished watching Taiwanese drama Black and White, which aired in Taiwan between April, 2009 and June, 2009.  The drama starred Vic Zhou as Chen Zai Tien (Pi Zi), a cop with a mysterious past. Mark Chao was Wu Ying Xiong, the righteous cop who believed in only seeing the worlds in Black and White. Janine Chang played Lan Xi Ying, the beautiful forensic scientist who loved Ying Xiong.  Ivy Chen played Chen Lin, the princess of the SanLian Gang, who everyone seemed to fall in love with left and right. And Xiu Jie Kai played Xiao Ming, who rounded out the cast as the soldier with a mysterious past.

Black and White was about two cops with two very different styles in doing their jobs, and this is the story of how their partnership makes them better as police officers and human beings. The pair take on a corrupt system and take down the people involved, and each learns some hard truths about themselves as they go along in solving crimes and falling in love with the same woman.

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Dhoop Kinare

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Dhoop Kinare

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I recently finished rewatching an old Pakistani Drama called Dhoop Kinare (At the Edge of Sunlight) which originally aired in 1987. The drama starred Rahat Kazmi as Dr Ahmer Ansari.  It also starred Marina Khan as Dr Zoya Ali Khan, a new doctor who comes to work in Dr Ansari’s children’s hospital, and the two gradually fall in love. If anyone has ever read Betty Neel’s books, you can kind of get an idea of the story of Dhoop Kinare. It was refreshing to watch that story play out on the screen.

The drama also starred Sajid Hassan (Dr Irfan) and Badar Khalil (Dr Sheena) as other doctors in the hospital. Dr Sheena was the second female lead, who was desperately in pursuit of Dr Ahmer. Qazi Wajid played Zoya’s beloved father.  Kehsishan Awan plays Anjij, Zoya’s best friend. There were also a whole host of other veteran actors rounding out the cast. Continue reading

A Life: A Love Mini-Review

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A Life: A Love

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I just finished watching Kimura Takuya’s newest drama A Life: A Love, which aired on TBS in January-February, 2017. The drama starred Kimura Takuya as Dr Okita Kazuaki. Takeuchi Yuko starred as Danjo Mifuyu, an old flame of Okita’s. Asano Tadanobu starred as Danjo Masao, Mifuyu’s husband, Okita’s best friend and the man with the biggest chip on his shoulder. Continue reading