I’m doing weekly round-ups now, which will include any media I consumed for the past week, from Monday to Sunday. I’d be glad if you end up getting some recommendations but I’m only doing this as a form of a media journal (to make it easy to write reviews later on). And fine, an actual journal too. Here goes! (Three weeks worth because I barely had a life prior to the past week!)
This song is the only song that matters. I kept on crying the night it was released. I thought I already calmed down but every time I read the translation of the lyrics, I ended up crying. MAH OG BOYS
Angel Eyes: I saw the first two episodes of this one because I was in a Kang Ha-neul mode the past weeks and I’ve always wanted to see Nam Ji-hyun in this. I wish I could erase all the makjang elements in this one and let it be just a cute romance between a blind noona and the adorable, smiley boy who’s in love with her. Alas, that is not the case. Kang Ha-neul and Nam Ji-hyun were great as the younger leads but I’m only here because of them. So I’m not continuing with the show and I’m not curious about the story too. Kang Ha-neul crying will break your heart.
That Man, Oh Soo / Evergreen: Well, I think I’ve already talked about this drama a lot the past week so you can just read my thoughts on the first episode here and up to the fourth episode here. I just want to say that it’s not a great drama and I’m not even obsessed with it but I find it super easy to watch. Like, I don’t have to be in a certain mood so I can watch it. I can just queue it in anytime and I’ll be able to sit down (or lie down, let’s be real) and watch it. SORCERY, THIS SHOW IS.
The Great Seducer / Tempted: Hello, what it seems like my new crack drama that’s gonna break my heart. I can’t say I’ve really seen it though because I skipped all of Joy’s parts. I’ll watch them! Eventually. For now, I’m living in my Soo-ji x Shi-hyun bubble because of course what thy hath giveth, thy taketh. HUHUHU I’ll probably do a checking in on post this week for all eight episodes (or four if you’re counting by the hour) so I’ll just talk about it then. For now, I’ve been replaying all of Woo Do-hwan and Moon Ga-young’s scenes because of their sizzling chemistry. Kim Min-jae is gonna break my heart.
WINNER’s Welcoming Collection 2018: It’s not even a variety show but I’m considering it as one since they basically did the ask me anything portion of Knowing Bros. Yoon was on fire in this one and he definitely shined. He was so hyper and funny and just plain entertaining. But then, all of them are. MY BOYS I LOVE THEM SO
I miss Mino and WINNER so much that I’ve been rewatching Winner over Flowers and New Journey to the West clips these past few weeks.
I Live Alone: Seungri became part of the Rainbow Club the past two Fridays and I NEED MORE WHY DOES IT FEEL SO SHORT??? Anyway, I know I’m a lazy ass but good lord, does Seungri even make me feel so much worse. I Live Alone just showed A DAY of his life and he did so much, I feel so unaccomplished and so lazy. Hahaha! Seungri isn’t as playful and jokey as before, because he’s changed lanes since becoming a CEO of his big ramen franchise, but everything is still so funny and fun. I’m gonna miss him when he goes to the army too.
The Good Place: I kind of binged the first season in a few days? I was surprised myself because I was so busy writing my thesis proposal but I guess I just sacrificed a bit of sleep to watch it. It’s not a laugh-out-loud show for me and I don’t find it extremely funny, but I find it still quite funny and enjoyable and smart. So I’m looking forward to watching the second season although I’m not super excited about it AKA I didn’t drop everything to catch the next season right away. Maybe I’ll watch the second season in the next few weeks, who knows?
Like for Likes (2016): Two hours is too long for a rom-com. Or maybe not. Two hours is just too long for Like for Likes. I’ve been eyeing this one since Yoo Ah-in is in here but I never got around to watching it yet. That is, until I got into my Kang Ha-neul phase and practically binged a couple of his projects in a single week. I mean, I now have two reasons to watch it! Anyway, Like for Likes was just so lukewarm to me? Maybe it’s because the characters didn’t make me feel invested, except for Kang Ha-neul and his deaf composer character who’s falling in love for the first time with Esom. Yoo Ah-in and Lee Mi-yeon’s story wasn’t interesting to me but the ending of their arc was satisfying, albeit simplistic. I don’t know, their story didn’t seem full enough to be a complete vignette. Choi Ji-woo and Kim Joo-hyuk (RIP) were cute as the friends-to-lovers older pair although they too didn’t really get me invested in them. I think Kang Ha-neul got the best bit in this movie because he was able to do a lot with his character. The range of emotions he was able to portray!
The Last Princess (2015): I know almost nothing about Korean history and most that I know have been because of kdramas and k-variety shows. So, not a lot of history and more on the side of historical fiction. And couple that with me not being a history buff, I wasn’t exactly excited to watch this one when I saw that it was recently added at iflix. But I knew that Son Ye-jin was highly lauded for her performance in this one so I was curious. But what tipped me to finally watch it is because Yeo Hoe-hyun is in this one! Even though I knew it was a small role (he plays the teen counterpart of Park Hae-il’s character), I had to see him. So I did. And he only appeared twice. Woe is my fangirl heart. Haha! Anyway, as expected, Son Ye-jin was amazing in here and I cried buckets of tears when she was reunited with Ra Mi-ran, her lady in waiting. While the film said that it’s only inspired by the last princess of Joseon, the story woven in the film was very moving. Unexpectedly, I wasn’t bored and was truly riveted to the life of Yi Deok-hwa and the independence fighters. Their lives weren’t easy and even though some died without seeing Korea free, they indeed lived a fruitful life. It made me think about my own feelings for my own country and what I can do for it.
Cart (2014): I watched this because I wanted to see more of Kyung-soo acting but I don’t want to start the dramas with him in a minor role. (Too much of a commitment to watch something that long for only Kyung-soo.) Kyung-soo was the featured thumbnail in the poster of this film so I thought he had a large role but false advertising, Netflix!! Still though, the movie was good and it’s something with the stark whiteness of the fluorescent lights in the supermarket that made this one feel so bleak even without the usual bleak lighting cues and set-up. This film was all too real and I kept on wishing that it’s gonna end with sunshines and rainbows but of course, greedy corporate capitalist pigs won’t let that happen, in fiction and even more so in real life. Cart was hard to watch because it’s so real and it made me look so hard to the privileges I enjoy.
Man in Love (2014): A terminally-ill gangster falls in love for the first, and possibly, last time. That was the plot and then we don’t discover that he’s gonna die until almost halfway into the film??? I mean, I guess that’s fine since you’re always just waiting for the other shoe to drop and you can’t even enjoy the cute things because in your mind, you’re screaming “THIS IS GONNA BE PAINFUL HE’S GONNA DIE”, and that’s as stressful and painful as they go. Anyway, despite knowing the plot, I didn’t expect to cry as much as I did. It was a testament to Hwang Jung-min and Han Hye-jin’s acting chops because when they cried after Han Hye-jin discovered that he’s gonna die soon? THE FLOOD STARTED AND NEVER LET UP. I cried the hardest though with the family bits because those always make me bawl like a baby. How can Hwang Jung-min be such a great actor? He was his character and he even walked like a gangster. Good lord, he just got me to where he wanted me to be with my emotions.
The Bros (2017): Ma Dong-seok and Lee Dong-hwi!!! This was fun, albeit a bit predictable. Enjoyed watching the hijinks at the first part because just the plain disparity of how Ma Dong-seok and Lee Dong-hwi looks is enough to make me laugh. Hahaha! Being the crybaby that I am, I still cried at the exposition and the family bits. The ending was quite a deus ex machina but at least it wasn’t an aggravating one. Overall, still an enjoyable film, primarily buoyed by Ma Dong-seok and Lee Dong-hwi’s charisma and natural screen presence. And because I have a crush on Lee Dong-hwi.
Let Me Eat Your Pancreas / I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2017): I’ve been seeing this around and I finally saw it this past Saturday after remembering that Namgoong Min recommended it. (He posted about it on Instagram.) The teen actors were good, really. And I deeply appreciate that they cast actual teens for the teen roles. These teens will definitely go places. Hamabe Minami reminded me of Shida Mirai for some reason and it’s amazing to see that apparently, Kitamura Takumi was in one of my favorite Japanese films, Gravity’s Clown. He was just a kid in there and now he’s here all grown up with soulful eyes that can express a lot. I’m not entirely happy with the film though, not because it features a terminally-ill character, but because I didn’t entirely connect with the film. Maybe I’m also tired of Japan’s love for the terminally-ill-girl-heals-boy trope because it’s bordering on being like the manic pixie dream girl trope. The cinematography is lovely though, especially the transitions. But then again, I feel like every movie set in Japan is beautiful just because Japan is such a beautiful country landscape-wise.
My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday / Tomorrow I Will Date with Yesterday’s You (2016): And in another round of I Get Movie Recommendations from Korean Stars, I watched this film because Kang Seung-yoon (of boy group WINNER and web drama Love for a Thousand More) mentioned watching it three times and crying every time he watched it in one of WINNER’s interview in Japan. So I figured, okay, I’ll watch it. I think there must be something wrong with my tear ducts last Saturday because I watched Let Me Eat Your Pancreas and this one back-to-back and I didn’t cry with either when I’m the biggest crybaby ever. I don’t know why. Anyway, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like this film because I did. It moved me, in fact. It was lovely and the couple was cute, and yet somber too. It was so bittersweet, this couple. I do feel like it’s a film I can watch again and might watch again, even if I already know how it all goes down. Not because it’s something that will make me happy but because it’s something that will make me feel. Something that’s beautiful.
I got emotional over G-Dragon’s military enlistment so there was an emotional post about that. I shared Jang Ki-yong‘s SIEG Fahrenheit S/S 2018 collection photos, as well as the songs that made into my February Favorites. I also posted here my submission to Dramabeans’ February theme of the month that didn’t pass because I admit it’s not good. But I still wanted to talk about Individualist Ms. Ji-young here on the blog so I posted it here. Eyecandy-wise, I shared Lee Dong-wook‘s ELLE Taiwan March 2018 photos and Park Hae-jin‘s High Cut photos. I also commented on the premiere of That Man, Oh Soo. Apparently, I’ll end up continuing with That Man, Oh Soo and words just came out so there’s a checking in on post for it too. Lastly, I reviewed the drama special Queen of the Ring. To think that’s three weeks worth of posts, it still feels like I didn’t blog much. There was a week where I didn’t blog AT ALL so yeah. When will I learn to balance all my interests???