Another Oh Hae-young (2016)

When fate decides you another way…

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Title: 또! 오해영 / Another Oh Hae-young

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

Main Cast(s):

Number of Episode(s): 18 + 2 special

Plot:

Oh Hae-young, Park Do-kyung’s fiancee, never show up on their wedding day and leave him devastated. So when Do-kyung is told later that Oh Hae-young will marry a rich businessman called Han Tae-jin, he plans to ruin their marriage by making Tae-jin going bankrupt as a revenge. But he doesn’t know that the Oh Hae-young whom Tae-jin is going to marry is not his ex-fiancee, but totally a stranger with the same name. Tae-jin, who never expects that he is going to bankrupt, calls off his marriage with Hae-young because he is going to jail and doesn’t want her to live miserably while waiting for him to come out. Things become complicated as Oh Hae-young, whose wedding was ruined by Do-kyung moves in to the apartment next to Do-kyung’s. As they share the same pain of being dumped before the wedding and their continuous interaction as neighbors, they got closer and later fall in love with each other. But their love story doesn’t go that smooth. The ex-fiancee, the pretty Hae-young is back and claiming that she still loves Do-kyung. Tae-jin is also out from the jail and determine to win the plain Hae-young’s heart again. Their love was also challenged when the plain Hae-young knows that the one who ruined her wedding is Do-kyung.

Review:

I really like the main idea of this drama, a story about two women with the same name and one of them is mistaken as the other. It is such a simple idea, yet with the additional of this and that, the writer succeed to create such a wonderful story. This drama is one of the best romantic comedy drama I ever watch, besides The Sassy Girl Chun Hyang I think. When usually the other drama will only focus on the sad scene and forget the comedy part, I love how they make the comedy in this drama consistent. Even in the depressing scenes, the drama still can make you laugh. Even so, it doesn’t make the roller coaster of feeling of this drama becomes less.

A good drama is not only depends on a good writer. It should be supported by a great actors and actress to make this drama successful. In my opinion, this drama has one of the best casts. Everyone was so into the character to the point that I can’t imagine those character can be played by another actor/actress.

My favorite is of course Seo Hyun-jin. Her acting was great as the plain Oh Hae-young. Funny, straightforward, crazy and yet attractive. I always say to myself when I watch her doing something hilarious on the screen, “Oh this crazy girl, how can she be so funny!”. The plain Oh Hae-young’s character was very expressive, and I think she’s very good at making expression, whether it is funny, angry, sad, happy, etc.

Another actor who catch my eye is Lee Han-wi who acted as the plain Oh Hae-young’s father. He didn’t have many dialogues on the drama, but that’s exactly what made him interesting. He always give me this funny feeling when he appeared on screen. If it wasn’t him, I bet it would give the drama a totally different feel. Overall, all of the casts were funny and I enjoy their acting very much.

I think what’s most interesting about this drama is, they tried to show us that there are many forms of love and relationship in this world. Do-kyung’s love for the pretty Oh Hae-young might be a pity. Han Tae-jin’s love for the plain Oh Hae-young is letting her go and hurt her instead of let her made the choice. Do-kyung and plain Hae-young’s love was a kind of love that will do anything for the one you love. Park Hoon and Anna’s love life was a an exciting and passionate love. While Jin-sang and Soo-kyung’s love was a siblings like love but on their way to couple’s love. I can’t say that Do-kyung’s and Hae-young’s love is the best, but I agree that when it comes to different people, we love them in different form and nothing is right or wrong when it comes to love.

Because we can relate in our everyday life, the explanation about love becomes very realistic. What if Do-kyung never met the plain Oh Hae-young and marry the pretty Oh Hae-young instead, will he become happy? I think so. We already watch several times how devastated Do-kyung when pretty Hae-young leaves, so is the plain Hae-young. They did really love their partner wholeheartedly, but it’s just fate that plays with them and give them another way instead.

One thing that feels off for this drama is on the episode 15 until the end, they already become a too lovey-dovey couple with nothing to afraid about, which is very rare in Korean drama world. So a few last episodes were feel like filler only episodes instead of conclusions. I didn’t hate the finals, but it is just anti-climax so it becomes a little bit boring for me.

So the conclusion is, if you don’t want to watch a heartbreaking story which will make you depressed but still want a good lesson from it, go watch this drama. It’s really worth your time 🙂

Descendants of the Sun (2016)

Between love, country, and responsibilities.

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Title: 태양의 후예 / Descendants of the Sun

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Action, Melodrama

Main Cast(s):

Number of Episode(s): 16 + 3 special

Plot:

Yoo Si-Jin is the captain of South Korean Special Forces unit. When he caught a motorcycle thief along with Sergeant Seo Dae-young, the thief got injured and is sent to the hospital. It was the hospital where Si-jin met Kang Mo-yeon for the first time, when he and Seo Dae-young tried to retrieve Dae-young’s cellphone which had stolen by the thief before. Si-jin immediately falls in love with Mo-yeon. Soon, they began dating. But due to their jobs, their date was not going smoothly. Si-jin received order to lead his team on a mission to Urk and Mo-yeon failed to become a professor. When both of them meet again, they talked about how different they are and decided to break up. On the other hand, relationship of Seo Dae-young and Myung-ju is not going well either because Myung-ju’s father disapproval of them.

Eight months later, four of them are reunited in Urk. Si-jin and Mo-yeon are falling in love with each other again. They officially start dating after Mo-yeon accidentally confessed her feelings to Si-jin. As for the second couple they finally can be together after so many ups and downs. Back in Korea, both couple still continue their relationship until Si-jin and his team are sent on a mission where both Si-jin and Dae-young went missing and assumed to be dead. Few months later, it is revealed that Si-jin and Dae-young are still alive after being rescued by a North Korean soldier whom Si-jin saved in earlier episode.

Review:

I originally wanted to watch this drama after it finished airing in Korea, so I don’t have to go through the torture of waiting for the next episode. But since my friends often talk about how good this drama is, my curiosity wins. And really, I had no regrets. This drama is one of the best drama ever. I really liked how the drama has unique background story (military combined with medical) that no other drama has. This drama is not just depending of its famous actor/actress, but it really has interesting story which packed with a balanced amount of humor and thriller. Few scenes can make you laugh out loud while the others can make you hold your breath and even crying (especially near the final episode). Not only the lead actor/actress(s) have great acting, but the other supporting roles also have awesome acting skill. It was as if they were chosen to play that role. I would also say this drama has the best original soundtrack ever! There’s no other drama soundtrack which can make me listen to it for weeks without getting bored. Even now, I’m still not over the soundtrack.

To be honest, when there’s a rumor that this drama will have a sad ending made me scared. I don’t want a sad ending for my favorite drama, and I think everyone who loves this drama will think the same too. But after watching the final episode, I feel like it might be better to leave the drama end on the 14th episode where Si-jin and Dae-young are assumed to be dead. With that, the viewers may be on rage, but the drama will leave a huge impact on the viewer. Because in my opinion, the happy ending offered by the story writer is not really satisfying and somewhat forced. But I’m still relieved it does end in happy ending, surely I couldn’t bear the tears if it ends in sad ending. Overall, this is a super recommended drama and really really worth to watch. Don’t forget to listen to the original soundtrack as well, you definitely will like it.

The K2 (2016)

What would you do to protect the most important thing in your life?

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Title: 더 케이투 / The K2

Genre: Action, Romance, Melodrama, Politics

Main Cast(s): 

Number of Episode(s): 16

Plot:

Kim Je-ha is a former mercenary soldier for Blackstone. While in Iraq, he gets framed for murder of a civilian named Raniya who is also his fiancee. As a result, he runs away and becomes a fugitive. He eventually returns to South Korea and initially is an enemy of Choi Yoo-jin, the wife of the presidential candidate Jang Se-joon. But later on, he agrees to work as a bodyguard on JSS Security Company owned by Yoo-jin. By accepting the job, he will get information he needs regarding his revenge on another presidential candidate, Park Kwan-soo, who previously ordered the killing of Raniya. In the meantime, Je-ha gets assigned to guard Go Anna, the hidden daughter of Jang Se-joon, whose life is always threatened because of Yoo-jin, her stepmother. Anna, who is lonely all her life, starts relying on Je-ha, who shows concern for her and protects her at all costs. They slowly fall in love with each other, which makes Je-ha torn between having to work with Yoo-jin, in order to get his revenge and at the same time he must protect Anna against Yoo-jin.

Review:

My first impression of this drama is that the story development is quite slow at the beginning but kinda rushed towards the end. Go Anna character, which supposed to be one of the main leads, didn’t even appear much on the first three episodes. In my opinion, they served too many fights at the beginning to show off our protagonist, Kim Je-ha’s capabilities in fighting. Je-ha’s relationship with Anna was also developed quite fast too, despite their lack of interaction in the beginning of the drama. I do like their awkward but cute moments together though, it was fun to watch. You cannot resist to go ‘aww’ looking at how they treat each other. But even though Je-ha began relationship with Anna, I feel like he has deeper and complicated relationship instead with our star, Choi Yoo-jin. Honestly, relationship between Je-ha and Yoo-jin was more interesting to watch because it was so full of emotion.

I think that Choi Yoo-jin character was shining brighter than the rest of the main leads. She was the most human of them all. She was a witch indeed, but I do understand that she needs to be strong in order to protect what she already had. Imagine that in her position, she acted all weak and soft, her enemy would crush her right away. She was strong until the end, and every time she appeared on screen, I feel moved by her emotion. Whether it is her jealousy, anger, or sadness. Without Yoo-jin, this drama would be just an ordinary action romance drama. So I think Song Yoon-ah did a superb acting as Choi Yoo-jin.

I like Je-ha’s character too, but I think he was too strong like a Superman who has nine lives. It was like almost impossible to kill him as if he wasn’t human. I feel that his character started to not make sense from 10th episode where he has to fight the enemies in the middle of poisonous gas without mask at all. How is that possible even for the greatest mercenary ever? Did he hold his breath when fighting that hard? Even so, I still love to watch him fight as hard as he can. Ji Chang-wook nailed it as Je-ha.

As for Anna’s character, I just cannot love her as much as I love Yoo-jin’s character. In my opinion, her character wasn’t developed very well. She was too weak, all she can do was crying, got kidnapped, or fooled by other character. I understand that she was kept hidden for so many years with the slightest interaction with other people, but maybe I just can’t tolerate her innocence. Isn’t there something brave or useful that she can do besides being a damsel in distress every time?

For Jang Se-joon character, well he’s the least character that I had interest on. I feel that he’s too weak as a man. He was relying too much on Yoo-jin. For many years that he had lived with Yoo-jin, can’t he be a bit smarter to act by himself? It’s true that he was made as a puppet by Yoo-jin, but he should do something or plan something to break free from Yoo-jin. In the end, it was still Je-ha who gave him an escape plan.

Another character who caught my eye was Secretary Kim. Her loyalty to Yoo-jin deserved a standing applause. She was a strong woman who will do anything for Yoo-jin to the extend of killing people, just like what she did to Je-ha and Anna. Her final scene with Chairman Choi was also satisfying. What a way to teach a person a lesson.

Even though the ending was quite rushed, but watching the final episode was giving me a roller coaster ride of feelings. Yoo-jin’s ending was the best. She finally could rest in peace as she felt happy dying in the arm of the man she might still love. That expression of relieved in her face was really peaceful. And what’s with so many kisses that Je-ha and Anna had during the epilogue narration? It was so sweet and cute that it made me blush. But I was quite disappointed that until the end, Je-ha’s real name wasn’t revealed. Overall with its plus and minus, it was an addicting drama to watch.