[UPCOMING REVIEW DRAMA] Radio Romance

Who doesn’t know about this drama? Radio Romance? If you haven’t, you should try to watch!

This drama is now airing in KBS2 every Monday and Tuesday with six episodes left. The cast members are HIGHLIGHT (previously known as BEAST)’s Yoon Doo Joon, Kim So Hyun, Yoon Park, GIRLS’ DAY’s Yura, and Kwak Dong Yeon. In my opinion, eventhough its rating is unexpectedly low, but it has interesting plot, as it gets higher attention from international viewers also being talked in many internet forums.

PLOT (from asianwiki.com)

Song Geu Rim (Kim So Hyun) works as an assistant radio program writer. Her mother became blind when Song Geu Rim was 14 years old. Afterwards, she listened to the radio frequently with her mother. This led Song Geu Rim to become a radio program writer, but she isn’t exactly talented in writing. Her radio program DJ suddenly leaves Korea and Song Geu Rim loses her job at the radio broadcasting station. Meanwhile, PD Lee Gang (Yoon Park) comes back to Korea from India. Sometimes he acts insane, but he is generally good at his job. Lee Gang suggests to Song Geu Rim that if she can cast Ji Soo Ho (Yoon Doo Joon) as the DJ of their new radio program, she can work as the main writer of their radio program. Ji Soo Ho is a top actor. He and his parents look perfectly happy, but in fact they are only acting as a happy family. Ji Soo Ho suffers from depression and he can’t sleep without taking sleeping pills.

Song Geu Rim keeps approaching Ji Soo Ho to take the DJ position, but he refuses. With Song Geu Rim’s enthusiastic and genuine approach, Ji Soo Ho accepts.

The spoiler is that this drama is about first love who meets each other again after twelve years. Each episode will elaborate every obstacle which they have, from Geu Rim who doesn’t recognize Soo Ho and later about Soo Ho’s environment, especially his mother who keep asking him to withdraw from DJ position.

Will they survive? Well, let’s wait to the next three weeks to get the answer.

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[REVIEW DRAMA] Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

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Halo, sudah lama sekali tidak posting sesuatu di blog ini. Sebagai post pertama di tahun 2018 dan membuka masa hiatus menulisku, aku pilih review drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (MLSHR) yang sebenarnya sudah lama tayang. Kenapa baru sekarang review? Karena baru ditonton hahaha, dan karena waktu itu aku mengikuti Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (MDBC). Sebenarnya, topik ini bukan yang ingin aku tulis sebagai pembuka, tapi setelah aku pikir lagi, post pembuka akan lebih menyenangkan kalau membahas topik yang agak ringan, kan?

Actually, I planned to write this review in bahasa, but, after three long paragraphs, I found that my words choice is better in english. So, yeah, I will try to write more in bahasa 🙂

Now, let’s get started and enjoy my review :). My aim of writing this post is to ease the readers who want to watch the drama in short summary, without reading a long recaps first. Before we continue to the main part, let me say sorry if there is any spoiler content which I write *peace*.

Why suddenly I decided to watch MLSHR?

To be honest, I forget the exact reason why then I watched this drama. I only remember that I was in the middle of my thesis working and still unfinished until now LOL, then I found a FMV about EXO’s Baekhyun and Z.Hera. And yes, as a korean drama lover who is easily interested to FMV (I often end up watching a drama because a FMV), I started to watch first episode, then could not stop until fifth episode in the first night (eventhough I didn’t watch a whole episode, still it was crazy night). As what I mentioned before, last year, when this drama was airing, I didn’t give any attention, except because of Lee Jun Ki played as a main role. He is one of my favorite actor, yes because he is damn hot, right? Hahahaha. The rating was far lower than MDBC with Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung casted in that. In that time, many articles said that MLSHR was not given any interest from the Korean viewers because of IU and Baekhyun’s bad acting. I will explain why it could happen back then from my POV.

Cast Members

I can guarantee you guys that the prince cast members are superb, they are all good looking. Many of my favorites are there, such as Lee Jun Ki, Ji Soo, and Nam Joo Hyuk. The cast members are really overflowing. The storyline is about Hae Soo/Go Ha Jin’s life which travels back to Goryeo era. Then, Hae Soo is involved in complicated love line along with the politics played by the princes in order to sit on the throne. Totally, there are 8 princes, but the crown prince is not highlighted that much, so it focuses on 7 princes. Hae Soo is friend to 5 out of those 7 princes.

  • Hae Soo (in the past)/Go Ha Jin (in the present) – IU – main cast*
  • Wang Moo – Kim San Ho
  • Wang Yo (third prince) – Hong Jong Hyun
  • Wang So (fourth prince) – Lee Jun Ki – main cast*
  • Wang Wook (eighth prince) – main cast*
  • Wang Won (ninth prince) – Yoon Sun Woo
  • Wang Eun (tenth prince) – EXO’s Baekhyun**
  • Baek Ah (thirteenth prince) – Nam Joo Hyuk***
  • Wang Jung (fourteenth prince) – Ji Soo
  • Woo Hee – Seohyun Girls’ Generation***
  • Z.Hera – Park Soon Duk – ***
  • Yeon Hwa (princess) – Kang Han Na

P.S. *first couple, **second couple, ***third couple

Story Line

-Explaining Love Line

When you watch the opening episodes, it has a big probability that you will get confused with the love line. Because it is changing from time to time. So, it is important to state the love line before we go too far. First, Hae Soo and Wang Wook, it lasts until tenth episode. They are aparting because Wang Wook -who is ex-husband of Hae Soo’s older cousin- decides to ignore her due to the ambition for the throne. In that time, they are already promised to get marry to each other, but then Hae Soo is slandered by the bad side. So, if Wang Wook decides to protect and save her, his family will be in danger. Second, Hae Soo and Wang So who is the main couple here. At first, those two is not get along well, even once Wang So wants to kill Hae Soo who ruins his mission. But, then, Hae Soo gives a lot of attention to him, in which he is lacked of attention by being thrown away out of the palace. It happens because her mother -who is the bad side cuts his face and leave a scar. Wang So is touched by Hae Soo who never hates him and starts to have a feeling. Then, start from twelfth episode, finally Hae Soo accepts him *happy*. Third, Hae Soo and Wang Eun who fights to each other in their first meeting, but leave a deep meaning for Wang Eun LOL. But, then Wang Eun is asked by the king to marry Park Soon Duk who is the daughter of general. Wang Eun tries to convince Hae Soo to be his second wife, but they end up as a friend happily. Fourth, Hae Soo and Wang Jung, who is saved by the brave Hae Soo. Hae Soo treats Wang Jung as her younger brother since Wang Jung is the youngest among the princes, but then Wang Jung is growing his feeling toward her. They end up marry to each other, in order to grant Hae Soo’s will to leave the palace. But, unfortunately, Hae Soo’s feeling is still for Wang So. Fifth, Baek Ah and Woo Hee with complicated relationship and bitter ending. They are so good to be together, but many obstacles around them because of their family background.

-Explaining Conflict

The story starts from Hae Soo who comes from the present named Go Ha Jin. She is working in skincare field, whose life is ruined because of her boyfriend and bestfriend. They have hidden relationship and even deceit Go Ha Jin. Her house is taken and she is being chased by the people who lend their money to those deceiver. One day, she is drunk and talk with homeless person in the lake, until she awares that a child is drowning. She tries to ignore it at first, but she just can’t and save the child. It looks that she is drown and dead, but actually she is saved by wakening up in the prince’s bath pool. She is so shocked and has no idea about how to survive there, but then Wang Wook helps and protects her all the way. Then, the conflict starts when the princes are competing to sit on the throne. It is because Wang Yo, Wang So, and Wang Jung’s mom, who is one of the queen has the ambition to throw away the crown prince. Here, Hae Soo has the vision to see the future, she also knows that the later king of Goryeo will kill his own brother. Because of that, at first, she makes a distance with Wang So and give warning to Wang Wook to be careful with his brother. It changes a whole story, which later the death of the princes one by one can’t be stopped.

My Perspective about Why It Has Low Rating

Here are solely my own perspectives from what I get after I watch a whole drama.

First, do I recommend you to watch this one? Yes. Especially when you want a refreshing drama with a bunch of good looking guys along with funny scenes in the several first episodes.

Two, what is the positive side of this one? From what I watch, this drama is not as complicated as other saeguk drama, except the reason that it is fiction. MLSHR is trying to show that in that era, your act is not as easy as now to be done. Everything is strictly limited by the palace rules, added with different status of each person. By watching this, probably you will understand the another saeguk drama from a little thing, such as why can’t you be together if you love each other? The answer is because you only have two choices, protect yourself and your family in the palace, or still being with the one whom you love eventhough she/he gets a problem. You have to lose one, in order to get another one. This line is correct.

Third, why it has low rating? First thing first, the rival of MLSHR was MDBC which I have mentioned before. Not different from MLSHR, MDBC is also a fiction saeguk drama. The main cast members are Kim Yoo Jung, Park Bo Gum, and B1A4’s Jinyoung. It was pretty compared by the viewers even since before both of them were aired. Actually, MLSHR got a very high anticipation since it was pre-produced, supported by awesome cast members too. But, thing didn’t turn out as good as what it was expected. One, several first episode are funny, BUT BORING. The story line until seventh episodes only shows about how Hae Soo does a fault since she is newbie, and then saved by one of those princes. Kinda like ‘what kind of drama is this, pft.’ Meanwhile, MDBC has an interesting story line, that one which makes the viewers become curious about what will happen next. Two, I am pretty curious about an unsatisfying story line since it was pre-produced. The team actually could make it better. I am refering to the complicated love line, so the drama can’t focus on what should be focused. It makes the story line seems like jumping from one scene to another scene irregulary. Third, it does leave a mark after you watch it, but unfortunately, it is not the kind of story line or ending which makes you want to watch it over and over again.

Yeah, it is my point of view regarding to the drama. Overall, it is actually not that bad, only so-so. I recommend it to you who wants a light drama, but I don’t recommend this one to you who is looking for a challenging drama.

Notes: I think IU and EXO’s Baekhyun acting is not bad, I really mean it. For IU, it is her characteristic to be like that, even if you compare it to Kim Yoo Jung, yeah it is on different level. *since Kim Yoo Jung is indeed an artist* Meanwhile, for EXO’S Baekhyun, he is not bad, he only needs to improve his acting skill. If I am not mistaken, it is his second drama after EXO Next Door which was aired on Line.

Thank you for reading this review. You can leave a comment what drama or everything about Korea you want me to write.

I REALLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO LISTEN TO THE OST.

-FOR YOU – EXO-CBX

-CAN YOU HEAR MY HEART – EPIK HIGH FT. LEE HI

 

 

What am I Thinking about Reply 1988’s Ending

Good evening, fellas! Do you still remember that I wrote a post about Deok Seon’s future husband? So now, I want to express what am I thinking about taht. Eventhough, I said that I was gonna let it flow because I liked both Jung Hwan and Taek.

But,behind that.

Actually, I am kinda…uh…no…absolutely disappointed. Sorry because I change my mind. Not so sudden because I already admitted that I am in #teamjunghwan (means until now). There are so many things I can’t accept (sorry again, because this is not based on empirical thing, because I haven’t watched the last episode).

First, Deok Seon -based on my personal thought never shows off her “love” to Taek. In this opinion, I think Deok Seon sees Taek as a “lovely friend -cute friend, I mean. The one whom you can play with because he has kind heart.

Second, this makes me laugh so hard (not literally). BECAUSE IT THINK, THEY CHOSE THE WRONG ACTOR TO PLAY AS ADULT TAEK. His face changes at all. I-can-see-the-reflection-of-taek-, reverse, I SEE JUNGHWAN’S REFLECTION. Even, he wears air force jacket :).

Third, Junghwan is definitely a joke. How come a main actor turns out to be …lets say…cameo. From the very first episode, we know that, Junghwan has the strongest chemistry to Deok Seon. He also cares for Deok Seon, the only thing he doesn’t do is…he never expresses his feeling. He is too afraid. Taek just…has a brave, but he has never done something for Deok Seon, she is the one who always be the “pain killer” for Taek.

In the end, I just consider Reply 1988 until 16th episode. I want to end it there. And fyi, I have deleted all episodes of this drama. I need time for breath for accepting this all, enough for me for hating thi series. Only reply 1997 makes me satisfied, even haven’t watched reply 1994.

 

REPLY 1988 : WHO IS DEOK SUN’S FUTURE HUSBAND?

Holla! I am in the middle of holiday right now~ So, what content that I will post here? It is REPLY 1988! If you have been watching this drama from the very beginning until now, you will absolutely know why it becomes a hot topic, right? Like the another Reply 0r Answer Me drama(s) [I haven’t watched Reply 1994, but I really love Reply 1997], an annoying issue is who is the female lead’s future husband, that we will know in last episode. I even remember when I waited for 16th episode of Reply 1997, I was really curious like I could bite some people, and when the preview released, I was like OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG, MY SHIP SAILED! Now, move to Reply 1988, I should make it straight that I am in #TEAMJUNGHWAN (eventhough at first I thought “omg, is it the real male lead?” HAHAHA), but as I watch it every week, my mind changes “Ryu has a unique and cute face”.

Why I like even love Reply or Answer Me drama(s)? Because, it has a detailed plot that really happens in daily life. It is not only about love, but about out closest circumstances like best friend, school, family, even neighborhood. This series is not like let’s say, a love story when someone suddenly comes to our life and we will love each other deeply. Beside that, Reply shows us many phenomenons that happen in that year, such as we can see first generation of idol group, pager, etc. in 1997 or coal bricket, beeper, etc. in 1988. I don’t know whether are those the real things or not since I am not from Korea, but at least it can reflect those periods daily life. Actually, it will be a very long explanation if I should tell you why I like this series. One important highlight of Reply 1988 is we can see neighborhood-ness (?) and family issue here. How every family member should care each other, also how every neighbor can care each other too even they have different economy capability. Don’t hope for any kiss scene or something like that because the storyline doesn’t show us romanticism like other drama (even there is no kiss scene between lead actors s far, except kiss scenes between Seon Woo and Bo Ra and Taek’s dream about Deoksun). But, this is the best drama for me in 2015 beside School 2015: Who are You, maybe I should watch Reply 1994 too! 

Hopefully my ship will sail, not like Tae Kwang and Eun Bi :”

This is not an analytical post about who is deok sun’s future husband because I will let it go, I like both Junghwan and Taek eventhough Junghwan is better for Deok Sun. So you can check the scoreboard for every candidate in DramaFever.

Gu Family Book/Kang Chi, The Beginning

You guys surely already know this drama, I think. Because it is so popular and probably will be the next national drama. I love the first episode ❤ it’s so heart-touching, and the plot goes so fast. The second episode makes me afraid to watch it, because it is so tragic :(.

The main stars of this drama of course are Lee Seung Gi and Suzy, and the will appear on the third episode. Yeay! It is tomorrow :). Lee Seung Gi is so handsome with his long hair haha, and Suzy, well she is so beautiful even acts and dresses like a man. In this story, she is a martial master!

Ah ya, the another reason why you should watch this drama is the soundtrack! The lyrics are in english, sung by Yisabel. A ballad song, like the genre of the drama : mellow. I rarely find a soundtrack in english lyrics, so I’m quite surprised with this.

If you wanna read the synopsis you can go to this link (in Indonesian):

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This is the review 🙂

Title: 구가의서 (九家의 書) / KangChi, The Beginning
Chinese Title: 九家之書
Also Known as: Gu Family Book
Genre: Melodrama, Historial, Fantasy
Episodes: 24 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2013-April-08 to 2013-June-25
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Synopsis

A melodrama epic about the great deal of trouble Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Ki), born as a half-human-half-mythical-creature, who goes through in order to become human and a story of Choi Kang Chi’s journey of struggling in order to live more like a human than anyone else despite not being able to become human.

Yoon Seo Hwa (Lee Yeon Hee ) and the guardian god of Jiri mountains, Gu Wal Ryung (Choi Jin Hyuk) fell in love but due to the trap of their enemies, the Yoon family status fell into ruins. While Seo Hwa was on the run with her maid, she received news that Wal Ryung had disappeared after a mishap. Feeling unable to raise her son while escaping, she sent him down the river in a basket hoping that someone could take him in.

Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Ki) was raised by the Choi family after having been picked up from the river. Meanwhile, Dam Yeo Wool (Bae Suzy) is a master of martial arts and archery. Yeo Wool is an upright character who really values the Three Bonds and Five Relationships in Confucianism, and becomes an instructor at a martial arts center at a young age.

Cast

Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi
Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
Yoo Yun Suk as Park Tae Seo
Lee Yoo Bi as Park Chung Jo (Kang Chi’s 1st love)
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Gwan Woong
Lee Yeon Hee as Yoon Seo Hwa (Kang Chi’s mother)
Jung Hye Young as Chun Soo Ryun (head gisaeng)
Choi Jin Hyuk as Gu Wal Ryung (Kang Chi’s father)
Uhm Hyo Sup as Park Moo Sol (Kang Chi’s 1st love’s father)
Jo Sung Ha as Dam Pyeong Joon
Kim Hee Won as Sojung Monk
Kim Ki Bang as Eok Man
Yoo Dong Geun as Lee Soon Shin
Sung Joon as GonYi
Otani Ryohei as best ninja master
Jo Jae Yoon as Wal Pae
Kim Hee Jung as Madam Yoon

Production Credits

Production Company: Samhwa Networks
Chief Producer: Lee Chang Sub
Director: Shin Woo Chul, Kim Jung Hyun
Screenwriter: Kang Eun Kyung

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Honestly, I dislike Seo Hwa here, in my opinion she is just so selfish and ungrateful. Poor Wal Ryung :”

Happy Watching!