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That Winter, the Wind Blows

This drama was amazing. It’s hardly worth calling it just a drama though. This story was masterfully done, beautiful to watch and was really a work of art. It’s not the typical Korean drama and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The characters are such raw actors and the story line is a modern epic. It has this almost noir feeling to it and it really speaks to the heart of humanity. The chemistry between the characters is excellent. Honestly no complaints on this one.
The story revolves around two characters who’ve both lost faith in life and humanity. Neither one of them can bring themselves to trust anyone anymore, until their lives cross one another. Soo is a high-stakes gambler and a con man; orphaned at birth and having lost his lover to a horrible accident he’s lost hope that life has any meaning. Young is a young blind woman. Her life revolves around the mercy of others and she has grown mistrustful and suspicious of everyone; Young’s bitterness has caused her to seek out death as her only escape. Her only hope in her constant game of wits is her brother who she was separated from years ago.
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This story was great honestly. I usually don’t like such high intensity drama but the pure sincerity from the characters was so excellent that I couldn’t tear myself away. No one was who I thought they were and there were no flat characters. The actress playing Young did such an excellent job. Pretending to be blind can’t be easy. I also enjoyed the complexity of the plot. Soo, pretending to be her brother, then falling in love with her was such an interesting thing; not surprising, of course, but the emotion behind it was just absolutely compelling. I enjoyed seeing how things were never simple, because considering their situation it never would be. Soo would never be able to just leave a gangster life simply. And Young wouldn’t have some miraculous solution to the tumor. Although the ending was simple and happy, one can surmise that things were probably still somewhat complicated. Soo was probably hiding from the bad guys still and Young was probably not completely in the clear with her disease.

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Let’s Eat

So, Let’s Eat was a super fun drama that was just light and enjoyable. The focus was primarily on food, as the title indicates, and how enjoyable it is to eat. Besides the food cravings though, there’s a fun story that has depth and a drama-less storyline. The story is just about people living, working and how their lives are affected by each other. The dialogue is witty and realistic, while the characters are grounded and down-to-Earth.

The story is primarily about three neighbors who live alone and end up connecting together over food. Lee Soo Kyung is a 30-something divorcee who works at a law office who is obsessed with food. Goo Dae Young is Soo Kyung’s young and handsome neighbor, but as far as she can tell is a womanizer and seems to be jobless. Her new neighbor, Yoon Jin Ye, is a young woman living on her own for the first time; she comes from a rich family that’s down on their luck. Between the three of them they sample some of the finest of Korean cuisine (and some others) and try to figure out the day to day of life.

I really liked this drama because it was unassuming. The characters were fun and the story was interesting without out being overbearing. It was something that could be watched here and there or something that could be watched one after another. The characters were definitely something that kept me coming back for more because they were all so distinctive and I could find people and situations that I could connect with emotionally. Definitely a must-see!

You can find this drama on:

Netflix and Dramafever

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Heart to Heart

This drama was fun, different and really set a new beat for dramas. The characters were deep and the emotions behind them were very real. The show really managed to express the world of someone with severe social phobia, as well as the deep scars that form from a tragedy. It shows the rippling effect of an event and how it can affect different people. Despite all of this the drama was fun; it had great moments of comedy, humor and romance. It also showed a different side of life with characters that weren’t perfect and had problems they needed to deal with or overcome.

Cha Hong Do has severe social phobia. Hiding inside of her house and even growing much of her own food to limit how much she has to go out, she would do anything to avoid people. Even more so, whenever she is faced with someone her face becomes beet red, only increasing her embarrassment. Despite this, Cha Hong Do is very smart. She uses this to create a persona; to be able to work she uses make-up art and dresses up as an old woman. Her skill is flawless and as an old woman she can express herself more. That is until she meets Ko Yi Suk, an intense and somewhat harsh psychiatrist. Together, they try to conquer her social phobia so that she can step into the world again, but the reality may be harder then it seems. Along for the ride in the story is Cha Hong Do’s secret crush, a young handsome cop, Jang Doo Soo. And Ko Yi Suk’s wannabe actress sister, Ko Se Ra.

I really loved this drama. I know for some commenters they didn’t have a very clear understanding of the psychology behind the show and so they felt that there was abuse or some such going on. This drama is about flawed people who have deep scars that have created different forms of mental disorders in these individuals. It’s about understanding and strength; it’s about the power of connection that can heal the mind.

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Go Ho’s Starry Night

So, this short drama was a cute, fun weekender. It had enough story to be interesting with enjoyable characters. It was just a fun watch about finding the right one. I also liked it because it really showed how we look at potential lovers and how methodical it sometimes is. It was also about why we like somebody, first impressions, and how our feelings for someone can change from love-to-hate and visa versa.

Go Ho is a thirty-something workaholic. Facing the death of a mentor (an older, single woman whose life was her work) Go Ho starts to wonder if that is her future. Even though she’s not embarrassed to work hard she doesn’t want to throw away the possibility of falling in love and having a family. She starts looking at the men around her and gaging their potential. The angry team leader that pushes her around, the fat and lazy manager who has a good heart, the director with his prestige and kindness or her ex and also new boss. As she tries to decide what she actually wants she realizes that love isn’t always a constant; it can change. And people aren’t always who she thought they were once she took a closer look.

What I liked about this drama was how they looked at people. It was all about looking at people without the ……….. I know some people would probably complain about the whole bad boy thing. I think that’s one of the big things I hear in comments, especially about Korean dramas, are the bad boys. In my opinion, I think the bad boys in these dramas are more realistic then most of the other characters. They’re flawed and that’s what creates the connection that not only the female protagonist feels but the audience.

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One Percent of Something

Phenomenal. It’s all I can say about this drama. It’s one of those shows that’s not just an easy watch, it is addicting. I’ve had a few shows that are so addicting that I can’t help but think about it and can’t wait to get back to it. This is one of those shows. The characters, the story, the dialogue including the insatiable banter between the two main characters. I could just watch it all day long. It was just so well done and so balanced. It left me with a smile on my face.

Lee Jae In is a tough, hard-working chaebol (3rd Gen. rich kid). Despite his hard work the only way for Lee Jae In to inherit the family company is to fulfill his notoriously difficult Grandfather’s living will. Things go awry when his grandfather changes his will so that his inheritance goes to Kim Da Hyun, an unknown schoolteacher. The only way for Lee Jae In to inherit the company is to marry the teacher, the problem is his difficult personality does not appeal to the strong-willed Da Hyun at all. The question is whether the two of them can work something out that benefits both of them or will their clashing personalities cause Lee Jae In to lose the company he’s worked so hard at.

This show is subtle. It’s light-hearted, whimsical and just so enjoyable to watch. I remember years ago watching the first version of this, “One Percent of Anything”. The story was there but it lacked the quality that was achieved in this version. It was one of those shows that I wanted to like but found that I just couldn’t quite connect with it or the characters. One Percent of Something really sets the tone. It’s one of those shows that would be great to watch over the weekend or on a rainy day at home. It’s funny and to the point. The drama is kept to a minimal level and is left to the climax where it belongs. The characters progress and the story winds in a way that keeps it interesting and fresh; it doesn’t linger over events. This one is definitely a top favorite as it really makes me smile and lifts my spirits.

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Goblin: the Lonely and Great God

Alright, so this drama was just as good as I was hoping it would be. I was really excited to see a modern fantasy show from Korea and this really set the record for one of the most fun and enjoyable. It was serious, but funny. It had strong story lines and in depth characters that all melded together really well. It’s always nice to see such a great drama that really makes me want more. The graphics were on-point and perfect. It also had one of my favorite male actors, Gong Yoo, as the lead (Coffee Prince); and, as always, his acting ability really is just awesome.

The drama is about Kim Shin, a Goblin, who must marry the Fated Goblin’s Bride to end his long life. When he meets Ji Eun Tak, it seems clear that she is indeed the destined one. The problem becomes apparent as the two grow closer and something blooms between them. Kim Shin is now pulled in that the very girl who could end his life could also mean so much more to him. Along for the ride is Ji Eun Tak’s boss, a fiery woman, who may hold a key to Gong Yoo’s past; and Gong Yoo’s roommate, a stoic grim reaper.

I really loved the dynamic of this show. It had a sort of playful tone to it and the flashbacks to Gong Yoo’s past when he was a mortal brought such a wonderful balance to the entire show. The characters were so real and they really played off of each really well. It was really a deep show about growth and forgiveness; about how much a person can really change and if a person can truly atone for past mistakes and sins. Just really fantastic.

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Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds

This historical drama was a fantastic find. I already loved Park Bo Gum from Answer me 1988 and he did such a fantastic job in this show. Unlike a few of the historical dramas that I’ve dabbled with it stayed steady in the drama intensity. A couple of the dramas I’ve watched would suddenly skyrocket in the intensity level about half way through and then the ending would be less then appealing. This drama had a steady mix of the historical Korean drama feel without that gut wrenching political warfare that takes up most of the genre.

Hong Ra On has had to disguise herself as a man for as long as she can remember. As a young adult she’s taken to giving love advice to forlorn souls, but when one of her poetic letters goes amiss she meets Lee Young, a young aristocratic, at least so she believes. Lee Young is actually the Crown Prince! A series of events leads Ra On to be sold into the palace as a male eunuch and once again into meeting Lee Young who she still believes is just a noble in the court. Both of them are soon pulled into a political power struggle. Despite not knowing each other’s secrets they unite under the looming darkness. The question is whether the realization of who each other is will make them stronger or break them apart.

So, this drama was just so fun to watch. I really love Korean history and the early culture is just so amazing to see on screen. The Korean cinema’s attention to detail on costumes and architecture for the time is just exemplary. Flawless, really. While this show is loosely based on historical events it still pays homage to the people and events at the time. The characters are just so fun and it really feels like even the most minute person has a personality that really sticks with the audience without overwhelming the plot. I would probably watch this multiple times it’s just that good.