Drama Wednesday (20): “Bride of the Water God” Drama Thoughts

Hello readers! I know, long time no post. (Like, it has been a month and a day!) However, today I am back. Hopefully, it won’t be so long until my next post. 🙂

Today I am here to talk some about the 2017 Korean Drama, “Bride of the Water God.”  When I saw the beautiful imagery, and the fact that the male lead was played by Nam Joo Hyuk (One of my fave actors from “Scarlet Heart: Ryeo”), I knew I had to watch this. (Yes, as in, I had little choice. My brain would not let me not watch it o_O)

So, this drama is about Habaek, a Water God who must go to earth to get the god stones so he can finally be king (The stones have been left in the care of three gods who live in the human world). Once he comes here, though, he loses his godly powers and his map to find the gods with stones (Oops). Because of this, he soon decides to elicit the help of the god servant…

The servant, however, had no idea that she was a god servant, and, as a psychiatrist, she thinks Habaek is a mentally ill man… but not for long.

 

Bride-of-the-Water-God3

What I Liked:

More comedic than expected. Okay, the promotional images are beautiful, and lend a serious atmosphere. I thought that said images meant this drama would be more melo-dramatic, but nope. It was actually quite funny. Not always funny—there are some pretty sad times in it—but there was enough humor to make me smile many times. So no, don’t go into this expecting to be rolling in a tide of melo-dramatic-waves. You’ll be splashed with humor on many occasions.

WaterGod06-00519 (1)

The large cast of characters. I love large casts. It helps me stay more engaged (due to a brain that has a hard time concentrating of late :-P). Everyone in this drama did a fantastic job with their roles, whether big or small. The antagonist’s role really shone for me, even more so than Habaek (The Water God). And the side characters became like friends. Kind of sad that there is no more of them. :,-(

The ending of a story plot surprised me. I like an ending where I did not see it coming. Where the truth of a secret makes me get that “Oh my gosh…” feeling. I won’t say what it was exactly, but boy, the FEELS. THE FEELS!

What little fantasy was in it was pretty cool. I wished there was more, but what was in there was awesome.

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

habaek1-00212a

I think this drama has one big flaw for me, and that is that there is not enough fantasy elements. I mean, there are fantasy parts, but there needed to be more. There were moments where it felt more like a contemporary rom-com then the fantasy portal I wish it was. 😦

Overall, I enjoyed this drama. I suppose it is a new favorite, but not a favorite favorite. More of a “It’s good, yes, and I like it. But it could have been better.”

Advertisements

Drama Wednesday (19): “Age of Youth” (2016) Drama Thoughts

b70dcdf7acfa2b3de14b858b1b2151b0

“Age of Youth” is a 2016 K-Drama about five college aged girls who live together in a small boarding house. It doesn’t sound terribly engaging from that description, but life can be rather interesting when you put five different tempered girls together…

What I Liked:

ageofyouth06-00713

This drama felt more real than the usual drama. I LOVE (*all the hearts*) my Asian dramas. Ya’ll ought to know this if you have been following this blog for at least a week or two. BUT I know that a lot of the stuff that happens in them would probably never happen in real life. 😛 However, this drama is one that I feel could happen. Like a scene where one female character is stranded at a bus station and is NOT rescued by her wealthy, good looking prince charming in a sports car. She actually has to wait for the buses to run again. o_O

The not-so-perfect-heroines. While I’m not advocating some of the stuff they do—one of them is a prostitute, a profession I am not for—I found it interesting to see the lives of girls who don’t always make the best choices, and how they learn from some mistakes. Even the ones who are just average college-going girls have issues that made them seem more relate-able than the usual K-Drama female leads. They are also shown struggling with the simple stuff we girls go through, and I loved seeing I’m not alone in these problems. ❤

Some Christianity positivity. This is subtle, and, no, this drama isn’t Christian. But I’ve noticed how there seems to be a lack of Christianity in entertainment these days, as opposed to a long time ago. As a Christian, I liked how one of the the heroines prays in a couple of scenes. This might not seem like a big deal, but to me, I found it a nice little addition. ❤

The relationship between the girls=friendship goals (except for their fighting, a thing most girls do cause…yeah). There are five, and they are all so different, and yet, through trial and errors, they were still able to form a bond. I just loved it when they stood up for each other.

ageofyouth_40

 

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

There is really one overall thing I did not like about this drama, and it is a culmination of little parts. These being What I Call Not-So-Clean-Parts. Perhaps since  this drama portrays a more realistic perspective of life, it does have a lot more sex talk than other dramas I’ve watched. There’s also a scene where some of the girls are about to show another girl some porn, but it cuts off because something happens before they can do so. So, no, this series is not as conservative as some other K-Dramas are. (Though I will say there are no actual sex scenes, nor porn unless you count seeing a guy’s shirt off as such.)

Overall, this drama was fascinating, thought-provoking, and it really touched my heart. I grew attached to the characters even though their’s was a shorter drama than I usually watch (12 episodes). It had some some content I was not favorable of, but other than that I did enjoy it and am curious about its upcoming second season. It’s a rare thing for K-Dramas to have a second season (*inserts thoughts of other dramas I wish had second seasons*), and I hope it exceeds the first. 🙂

Drama Wednesday (18): “Missing Nine” (2017) Drama Thoughts

Over the weekend and the beginning of this week, I went on a short vacation with my family to the mountains. It was fun, save for my hyperventilating moments when we were on roads with mile high lookouts and NO GUARDRAILS. What even, road makers? Put up some guardrails, sheesh. 😛

Anyways, I did not fall off any mountains, and, thankfully, for my trip I rode in a car and was nowhere near an island in the middle of an ocean, so there was no danger of my being stranded on an island after being in a plane crash like the characters in the drama I’m discussing today, “Missing Nine.”

 

Missing-Nine-Poster1

So, this drama is basically about some survivors of a plane crash who end up on a deserted island, and the circumstances that occur during and after it. My thoughts…

What I Liked:

kdrama2

The male lead. The male lead (Jung Kyung Ho) really made this drama for me. He was one of those characters who was funny in the way that he joked around with the female lead, and how he acted calm and unconcerned when facing some of the bad situations he was in. I plan to see if any other dramas he is in interest me, because he impressed me in this one.

The show had parts that were emotionally stirring, in that I wanted to know how things would end up, or a character wold face a nail-biting worrisome situation that had my gaze glued to the screen or feeling kind of anxious.

kdrama1

The closeness developed between some of the plane wreck’s survivors. Yeah, some of them had their moments where they betrayed each other, but, overall, the friendship they knit became powerful enough to overcome some strenuous situations.

Parts with playfulness. This drama had some intense situations, and it could really have been a mood downer if the writers had not added some levity by including comicalness to it. I have seen that it was thought to be overdone, and perhaps if you are looking for a straight-up thriller, the comedic parts would seem out of place. I, however, enjoy a laugh when I’m watching my dramas, and did not much mind this drama’s funnies (though, I discuss below the part of the humor that I did not really enjoy.).

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

Okay, the ending was a bit of a crickets chirping kind of thing. Like, it was not a horrible ending. It was just somewhat too fast and some of it did not make sense. It was happy, and I did like how the ending showed the characters being forgiving toward one character, but, still, the some stuff needed to be explained. Could have used another episode. This picture from Dramafever explains the feeling after finishing this series:

kdrama3

While not a huge problem for me personally, I do think this drama suffered from its lack of mood consistency. It’s like a survival story turned thriller turned kind of a comedy. I liked the funny parts, but all the mood jumps just overall made this drama feel uneven. :-/

Did I like this drama? Yes. Did I love it? Eh, parts of it. However, as a whole it was not as good as it could have been… I did like that its plane crash plot was unique from many dramas I have seen, though, and, of course, I liked the above stuff I mentioned. If I was to rate it, I’d give it a solid four our of five.

Also, just want to say that I still prefer DK’s “Flight 29 Down” when it comes to Island survival shows. 😉

Drama Wednesday (17): “My Sassy Girl” (2017) Drama Thoughts

Today for Drama Wednesday, I’d like to share some thoughts on the 2017 K-drama, “My Sassy Girl.” This drama is about a princess who is searching for her missing mother, and the escapades she gets into while secretly doing so.

(There’s also some political stuff, a romance plot, and plenty of little funny moments that should extract at least one smile from its viewers.)

mysg

What I Liked:

This drama, while not 100% hilarious at ALL times, had some fun, comedic elements. I love comedy when it is done well, and this drama did so in some parts. This is a historical that does have some serious political moments, YET it is not all seriousness, and I appreciated that. Historicals can be SO SOMBER. :’-( Yet, while this one has its tear-bringing times, it isn’t terribly heavy. Plus, the ending was my favorite ending for a historical yet. ❤

mysg5

The actress who played the princess, Oh Yeon Seo, was amazing. Like, wow, her facial expressions were AWESOME. Whoever picked her to play this role chose the perfect actress to play a sassy princess.

I loved that the princess in this drama was sassy. Yeah, she is pretty much my favorite Joseon princess ever. No perfectly graceful girl here. She does mature some as the series progresses, but she never truly loses her sassy-ness.

mysg2

The relationship between the princess and her two servants. They could be so funny. 🙂

The political and action stuff. I went into this drama expecting it not be terribly serious, but the series does not start off with fluffy moments and silly antics. It starts in a rather serious way, and this kind of threw me off. However, once the funny elements were thrown in, I slowly began to appreciate the non-silly, political and action stuff. Gave this drama a bit more, well, drama. 🙂

What I Did Not Care For:

It took me getting past the first episode and half of the second episode to really get into this drama. Like I said, the show did not start as I thought it would, and the very beginning was not terribly funny, and actually a bit confusing. o_O

There was some crude humor. I like humor, but I do not appreciate it when it is crude.

 

I liked this unique historical, overall. It did not end making me want to throw something at the screen at the end because of a shocking ending, and it was not dreary. It had just enough light-hearted moments that make my heart feel sparkly when I think about them. 😀

 

Drama Wednesday (16): July 2017 Overview & August Watch List

Dramas I Finished Watching:

 

“Chicago Type Writer” (2017)— SO good. If you’re looking for a Korean drama that isn’t the usual historical, has a bit of fantasy, and writing/bookish elements, you might want to try this one. (Click Here to Read My Longer Thoughts on It).

“Sweet Stranger and Me”  (2016)— This cute drama was fun. Not the best thing ever, but not bad. I think it suffered for me partly due to my watching it along with some dramas that were really awesome for me.

“The Best Hit” (2017)— THIS DRAMA. *all the hearts* This is probably my favorite of the three dramas I finished watching this month. It just has such a fun feel to it, with an interesting story line, awesome characters, and a unique humorous aura. If you have not watched this one, what are you waiting for? Go now.

Movies I Finished Watching This Month:

reviewj

“Don’t Worry, I’m A Ghost (2012)— This was not a bad movie, but it wasn’t my personal favorite. You can read my expanded thoughts on it by clicking here.

missgranny

“Miss Granny” (2014)— This film about an old woman becoming young again was fun, though perhaps it would have been better if not for its crude humor moments. I enjoyed the ending, though. FINALLY, a Korean film with an ending that did not leave me feeling weird. Hope to try the Chinese version this month and compare the two.

busanhaeng

“Train to Busan” (2016)— Okay, so this movie is a zombie survival film, and the best Korean film I’ve watched so far. Yeah, it was freaky and gory in parts of it. I mean, the zombies in this film don’t just come after you in a walking pace. No, they can R-U-N. My heart was pounding during parts of this film, lol. Anyways, I had some issues with it—mainly I feel like the ending could of had a little more of a conclusion than it had—but, overall, it was an interesting train ride. ( One I hope I will never  truly experience. o_O ) Also, for a zombie film, it had enough heart to make me have some feels when…*bleeps spoilers*

August Watch List:

MySassyGirl1

“My Sassy Girl” (2017) (Only Two Episodes Left)

 

Missing-Nine-Poster1

“Missing Nine” (2017)

 

fullsizephoto847973

“Duel” (2017)

 

general-and-i-chinese-2017-1

“General and I” (2017) (Hope to finish this one.)

Drama Wednesday (15): “Chicago Typewriter” Review

chicagptypewriter

What I  Liked:

chicagotypewriter4

The writing elements. It can be fun to watch a drama and see characters who do things you like to do. In my case, this drama was about a writer who, well, writes. Which I happen to do both here and on some personal fictional works. Anywho, I liked the writing and bookish parts of this series.

The historical vibe of 1930’s Korea. Okay, so I have not really thought much on what a 1930’s Korea looked like before watching this drama. From this show, it looks a lot like 1930’s America, except, you know, overrun by Japanese and mixed with Korean/Japanese culture. However, some of the clothing styles, architectural structures, and music style are similar. So it was interesting to see this side of Korean history. Speaking of Korean history…

chicagotpewriter3

The little taste of history concerning Japan’s occupation of Korea was something my history loving heart appreciated.  Before watching this drama, something that kind of flew over my head about Korea is this time period. I guess I just tend to be drawn to the hanbok wearing days of Korean history, so I found it an eye opening lesson to learn about the struggle the Koreans went through because of the Japanese occupation. So awful! *hugs the 1930’s Koreans*

The way the series flips from present to past, past to present was interesting. I helped add the mystery feeling of this series.

The romance was sweet, and not overdone. Kind of feel sad for one character, though. 😦

The friendship between the characters in the past, and how they renewed their friendship in the present. Some of their story was tear worthy, but that just added to the emotional, heartrending awesomeness that I (morbidly) kind of like. O_o

Action scenes. Yep, while not a lot (they’re mostly in the past), there is some action.

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

chicagotypewriter2
More, please?

There were a few loose ends left untied at the end. It was not so bad that I’m melting from lack of knowledge, but there are a few characters that have me curious about what happened to them.

Curse words in the subtitles. Most dramas I watch have curse words, but I’m just saying I. don’t. like. it. #rantover

Overall, I really enjoyed this drama. It was different and stands out, and I am glad I decided to watch it. Wish there were more episodes, because I’m going to miss this drama and its characters. 😥 *sniffle*

Drama Wednesday (14): “Don’t Worry, I’m A Ghost” Thoughts

reviewj

The other night/early morning, I decided to give the Korean drama short ( basically a movie), “Don’t Worry, I’m a Ghost” a watch. The story is about a guy who is hit by a car, and wakes up with amnesia. While he is trying to find out who he is, he finds himself haunted by a sweet ghost girl…

 

What I Liked:

There were bits of humor, despite this story really being an overall heartbreaking thing. I mean, how can there not be humor when a guy is seeing a girl who is dead? 😛

Park Shin Hye’s acting (the ghost girl) was excellent. She was just the right bit of sweet and quirky, yet she could also pull out some heart-wrenching tears.

The sweet moments between the hero and the ghost were cute.  If only… *does not finish because that would be a spoiler*

 

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

There was a strangeness at the end of the story: This movie had its cutsie moments, but the more it went on, the more serious it got. Consequently, the ending left me with that same weird feeling I got when I watched the movie,  “You’re My Vampire.”

It became so sad. Seriously, my heart still hurts when I think on it. #whyyy?

 

Overall, I liked it better than the last Korean movie I watched, but it still wasn’t the greatest thing. I’m not giving up on finding a Korean movie that I LOVE, though, so, if you have any recommendations, please (pretty please!) share.