The Cupids Series: Kammathep Hunsa

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Hunsa, Nu’Sa, is a clumsy (but so cute) employee of Cupid Hut, a modern matchmaking company.

When Nu’Sa gets stressed out, she has a hard time forming coherent sentences, her vocabulary gets completely mixed up and she even resorts to creating words. Despite the clumsiness and the fact that she often gets yelled at by her boss (Ken Theradeeth!!! So happy to see him in this lakorn), Nu’Sa is pretty happy with her life.

She likes the PR work she does for Cupid Hut and gets along pretty well with the 7 other Cupid Hut female employees.

Things take a turn for the worst (or the best) when Cupid Hut puts together a matchmaking event that turns into a lawsuit when the identities of two guests are exposed – Tim (He is totally annoying and full of himself) and Ton (He seems too nice. I trust him even less) .

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Roy Ruk Raeng Kaen: A Passionate Love

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Mook and Kim are engaged and looking forward to their future together. But there is trouble in paradise when Tada, Mook’s older brother, is accused of killing his wife Mon, who is no other than Kim’s older sister. 

This turn of events puts a strain on Mook and Kim’s relationship, especially when during the trial Mook offers an alibi (lying about something that didn’t happen). The alibi, which helps free Tada, pushes Mook and Kim to break up with the latter vowing to take revenge on the siblings. 

Although the court says Tada is not guilty (or that it doesn’t have sufficient proof), Kim strongly believes otherwise and decides to administer justice himself.  Continue reading

Battle of Changsha

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I am tardy to the Battle of Changsha party but I still wanted to give my two cents.

This drama is beautiful: It’s been tugging at my heartstrings for the past few days.

I love the fact that it gives insight into life in Changsha during World War II while giving us something we can all relate to even in 2016 – stories about love, friendship, death, family, honor, and love for one’s nation.

The story starts with the main character Hu Xiangxiang being dragged to a blind date by her brother in law Xue Junshan. As the war gets closer and closer to Changsha, many families try to marry off their daughters in hope that they leave for safer places (in China or even abroad). In that regards Xiangxiang’s family is no different except that our heroine is not one to blindly follow what her family thinks is best for her. Let’s just say that Xiangxiang’s encounter with Gu Qingming, a Kuomintang intelligence officer, is a disaster – fighting words and disdain are equally expressed from both sides.

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When a Man Loves a Woman

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Wat is a prominent professional with almost everything: A great career as a doctor, the looks, and even the money if it wasn’t for his mother’s debts. Well at least, his mother countless money issues serve a clear purpose plot-wise.It is the debts that lead to Wat’s relationship with the female lead Nuth. Can’t really complain about that can we?

The families of Wat and Nuth arrange for the two to get married in order to solve two issues.

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First, Wat will have two years to slowly repay the debt. Second, Nuth will be able to protect her reputation. Well, you see the thing is that Nuth’s uncle, Chayakorn, is in love with her. Are you weirded out? Don’t worry, I was too. Because Chayakorn is not sure he is related by blood to Nuth and that he was adopted, he relentlessly pursues Nuth. Continue reading

U-Prince Series (Handsome Cowboy): Disappointing from Start to Finish

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Annoying is the best way to qualify this drama.

I love the cast as I have seen some of the shows they played in before but this show totally sucked. I am still not sure what was the purpose of the show was: Letting us know that cheating is alright if the person claims to love you?  Telling us that it’s alright for men (only) to cheat?

Although lakorns do perpetuate some misogynistic ideas, I was shocked to see this in U-Prince: Handsome Cowboy. I expected a light-hearted romantic comedy. That’s not what I got…

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If you ask me how I managed to get through all the episodes, I wouldn’t be able to tell you for sure. Maybe I was hoping to see the show end differently (second male lead syndrome) or I wanted to see how far the director would take the nonsense…

The show is about Sibtis, a university senior and handsome player of the faculty of agriculture, who crosses path with Prikkang, a DJ and junior at the same university. The lead couple’s first encounter is fresh in Sibtis mind. The only thing is that their college encounter is actually not their first. Sibtis just doesn’t remember Prikkang.  They used to be childhood friends until Sibtis went to study abroad for a few years.

At first, Prikkang is sad and hurt that Sibtis doesn’t remember her. Sometimes, I wish he would have not remembered her at all. It would have probably been better for Prikkang. That’s why they say be careful what you wish for!!! 

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Cinderella and the Four Knights: The Eye Candy Overdose

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I think they could have found a better title.

The title is not that enticing because you expect  the basic Cinderella trope when the show adds several twists to the well known fairy tale.

Eun Ha Won is a high schooler who lives with her father, evil stepmother, and (evil and not so smart) step sister. The father is often on the road for work, and Ha Won isn’t spending quite as much time with him as she would want to.

What keeps her going despite the countless abuse from her stepmother and step sister? The thought of college. She has been juggling countless part-time jobs to be able to pay for her initial college deposit.

Ha Won dreams of becoming a teacher-something her late mother had wished for.

Things turn out for the worst when she realizes that she has to pay money for the storage of her mother’s ashes. Using almost all the money she had saved up, Ha Won goes ahead and pays to preserve her mother’s ashes.

Well our female lead is now broke broke broke. That’s when the Han’s family enters. The Han grandfather, the chairman of a large company, asks Ha Won to live in Sky House, which is where his three grandsons live. He will make sure that all her studies are paid for, and she is financially stable. Of course there is a price to pay. Ha Won must bring the three grandsons closer (Good luck Ha Won), which is not easy when the cousins can’t stand each other at all. Two of the cousins in particular – Ji Woon and Hyun Min are constantly at each other’s throats.

Let me describe each cousin in the grandfather’s own words:

  • Hyun Min is not someone who tries to spread love around him: He is a player.
  • Ji Woon is not someone who pushes boundaries, and refuses to be tamed: He is a thug.
  • Seo Woo is not a singer/songwriter: He is a good for nothing.

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Snow Lotus: Deeply Rooted

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Another modern saguek fusion like Splish Splash Love, but with a different take on reincarnation. Snow Lotus focuses mainly on two characeter’s lucid dreams about a past life in Joseon times. These dreams feel so real to them that they keep on trying to find connections in real life that pertain to them. Ji Jin Hee plays San Baek and Soo Hyun. San Baek plays the historical part of a commoner’s son who ends up becoming a scholar using a secret identity. Lee Ji Ah plays Yeong Dae and Yeon Hee. Yeong Dae is nobleman’s daughter who is skilled in swordplay and in an arranged marriage with her childhood friend Moon Jae. However, Moon Jae’s love is not reciprocated in her. Instead, Yeong Dae falls in love with San Baek which Moon Jae tries to break them up. Their love story ends in tragedy when Moon Jae accidentally kills Yeon Dae. Fast-forward in modern times, Soo Hyun is the CEO of a gaming company who ends up hiring intern Yeon Hee as a character designer. Yeon Hee, an artist masquerades as a man for a large part of the story due to certain circumstances during hiring. Both of them keep on dreaming similar dreams and searching for their counterparts. However, their happy reunion is cut short by Moon Jae’s modern reincarnation of Yoo Ri. As a punishment for killing Yeong Dae in the past, he is reincarnated as a woman who ends up being in love with Soo Hyun. Like her past counterpart, she throws Yeon Hee off the roof of a building in a fit of anger after Soo Hyun cancel’s their loveless marriage ceremony. Will history repeat itself in the form of a tragic ending?

As a two episode drama, it was a decent watch, but not give me the feels. I enjoyed the unique storyline of lucid dreaming and reincarnation, but was not feeling the chemistry as much between Jin Hee and Ji Ah. Perhaps a different pair of leads would have made the story more heartfelt? However, I feel there was a marked improvement of Ahn Jae Hyun from Blood to this saguek character here. His villainous role was very on point. I did find it interesting how the drama played up the genderbending portin of the story. For a large of the drama, when Jin Hee’s character did not know that Ji Ah’s character was a woman, Jin Hee’s character did not seem too bothered that he was in love with a man both in his dreams as well as in real life. I find that to be refreshingly progressive and different.

Morrasoom Sawad: YES!

It’s been a slow drama start for 2016. I didn’t have high expectations for any shows. Well that was until Morrasoom Sawad! So in love with the Weir-Preaw pairing.

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Plot

Kwang is the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat. Her family tries to keep it together but truly everything is falling apart. Her father had several wives/mistresses resulting in five kids, including Kwan and her sister Wor who share the same mother. There is also Nop – no one knows who his mother is – and two younger siblings from a relationship between the father and a maid. No need to say that the maid has long been upgraded to the status of legitimate wife. In addition to the tension that rises because of who is a legitimate child vs. who is not, Kwang’s father has been wasting money like no other by spoiling his kids left and right, contracting debts, pawning his belongings, and investing in useless businesses.

In the midst of all this mess appears a knight in shining armor –  lakorns NEVER get really original. Phu, the former leader of a gang now turned construction mogul, falls for Kwang. Phu starts courting Kwang and helping her family. He gets close to Kwang’s father, who is always looking for investors or cold cash, and becomes a frequent sight in Kwang’s household. Phu and Kwang develop feelings, and he could have easily helped her. If this wasn’t a lakorn it could have been perfect. Let me pause here to clarify that Kwang is barely 18 and Phu is in his early 30s. Phu proposes to wait for a year before making things concrete and official. Before the year is even over, things get ugly.  Continue reading

Year End Special: Let’s Go to School!

High school/college could have been the times of our lives or the depths of hell. Now that I am finally finished with both, it’s an odd feeling to be reminiscing about those experiences. This year brought a barrage of school related dramas and whole bunch of feels. Just how I like them.

Geography Class: School 2015: Who Are You?

Part of the famous “School” series, “2015” tries out the long lost twin sister game. Separated by just a few towns over, these girls encounter countless obstacles preventing their reconciliation. However, they have one common factor, a villainous bully who can’t wait to wrap her arms around both girls’ necks. This bully who seem to have no morals and that we would love to see her eyes get poked out. Lukily, we get to see an awesome transformation from a once meek twin to one who’s heart seems to be made of ice. Well, revenge is always best served cold…with a warm Sungjae smile on the side! Whispers: and let’s all agree that the writers messed up the ending when the OTP proportions were already on point for 15/16 episodes.

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Wanida: Still in Love With This Lakorn!

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After watching Wanida for the xxxx time, I decided to finally write about it. This has to be one of my favorite lakorns. The music, acting and pace is perfect. I mean how could this drama fail with Tik in it??! I am not a big fan of Aff, but this drama made me fall for her acting. I found her annoying in Jam Leuy Rak – sorry but not sorry.

Set in the 1950s, this drama is about the arranged marriage between Wanida (Nid), the daughter of a rich businessman and loan shark, and Major Prasak Mahasak (Yai). The latter is forced to enter the marriage with Nid to repay the debt of his younger brother although he is dating someone – Pisamai. When Nid moves in to live with Yai, she encounters difficulties after difficulties. Yai’s mother hates her with a passion, Yai himself neglects her and Pisamai is always there to stir trouble.

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