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), Kim Jae Joong as Bong Pil, Baro as Jo Seok Tae, and Jung Hye Sung as Yoon Jin Sook. We also had other side characters played by Lee Sang Yi as Oh Dal Soo, Kang Hong Suk as Yoo Goo Gil, Kim Min Ji as Hong Jung Ae and Jang Mi Kwan as Park Jae Hyun.

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

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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

3 Mini-BL Reviews – Uncontrolled Love, Round Trip to Love and HIStory: Obsessed

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I recently began watching Boys Love (BL) movies and shows, coming across this genre when watching other Asian dramas like Bromance. It’s those YouTube thumbnails that get you! I’ve seen bits and pieces of a lot of movies/shows from China, completing only a few, some from Thailand, some from Japan (including bits and pieces of Yaoi Anime) and even a couple from Taiwan.

I haven’t seen enough to make any generalizations about the shows or movies, but I do know that most Chinese films post-ban have had either open endings or downright sad endings, with no happily ever afters for the main couple. Japanese films are still as dry/too quiet for me, with that hint of melancholy that seems to soak through every scene in the movie, eating away at any other emotion. Japanese BL anime (called yaoi) is just not my cup of tea. Thailand dramas, the ones that I’ve seen, are of the sweet and young love variety. And I was impressed by one of the Taiwanese dramas I saw. Since I haven’t seen any other mention of Taiwanese BL besides this one series, I wonder if Taiwan is also getting into the BL game?

Most of the shows/movies that I have seen have paper thin plots and some really bad acting. A few of the movies have been adaptations from books, and have some really scary male leads. These leads leave the wrist-grabbing, stalking heroes of Korean dramas miles behind in their quest to make the other male lead their own.

Below I’ve summarized and commented on Uncontrolled Love, A Round Trip to Love, and HIStory: Obsessed which I recently finished watching on YouTube. A shout out to those amazing subbers out there who provide us with the opportunity to watch all Asian Dramas/movies. Continue reading

Wannueng Jaa Pben Superstar aka I Wanna be a Sup’tar

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Wannueng Jaa Pben Superstar aka I Wanna Be a Sup’tar (Superstar)

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I recently finished Thai GMM TV’s I Wanna Be a Superstar, which aired in August to  October 2015. The drama starred Put Puttichai as Win Pakorn, the superstar that comes into our heroines life. Gypso Ramita Mahapreukpong played Wannueng, our heroine who wanted to be the superstar. Woonsen Virithipa Pakdeeprasong played May, the superstar second lead. Tao Sattaphong Phiangphor played MeeDee, our lovelorn second male lead, in love with the clueless Wannueng. Bom Anuruk Boonpermpoon played Tom, Win Pakorn’s friend, and Thanawat Prasitsompom played Lukpit, Wannueng’s very supportive friend.

I Wanna Be a Superstar was about one girl’s dream of becoming a superstar. She has never given up on this dream, despite the disapproval of her parents, how tired her friends may have gotten carrying her while she is doing this, nor the fact that she has only ever gotten stand in jobs and been derided for her inability to act. Along comes Win Pakorn, the man who buys her home and changes her life. This is the story of how the common Wannueng becomes a superstar.

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The drama begins with Wannueng going to be the armpit stand in for a superstar. She does the stand in work, and then is disappointed by the small amount of pay she gets for the day. She goes and convinces Lukpit, her friend, to pay for lunch. She also has interactions with another friend, MeeDee, who is clearly in love with her. Wannueng has no feelings for him beyond friendship, but is not above hitting him up for free meals. Later that night, she sneaks into a home and goes to sleep. We find out that Wannueng’s family has sold the family home and gone to England. They call and urge Wannueng to join them, but Wannueng refuses, adamant that she will make it on her own and become a dara (superstar). Continue reading