Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me

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For the bishounen shouja fanatic in me, how could I resist this quick and cute little drama and it’s sequel? Think of it as a cross between Hana Yori Dango and Playful Kiss. Master Devil is about Chu Xia, a young girl whose family encounters tragedy and she ends up living in rich boy Qi Lu’s house. Yes, I know this trope is used a million times, but how could I resist? Chu Xia came from a poor background and is your typical Candy, but not your usual doormat. She doesn’t take bullying well, but doesn’t use violence at all to fight back. She stands up to Qi Lu, who by all means is your usual handsome jerk. He wasn’t always like this apparently, but it was due to heartbreak when his previous girlfriend left him. She ends up being taken in by his family and starts attending their prestigious school. There, she makes several friends, while not neglecting her old ones. She of course also makes several enemies as well who are jealous of her. She is quite smart and often competes with Qi Lu on every topic. This of course, attracts quite a few suitors. What follows after is your typical slice of life drama about all the hijinks and bickering these two get into with each other.

While I admit, the acting and the story line isn’t stellar, I am still quite addicted to the drama. With each episode only being 20mins long, you just breeze on by. However, I must say that the actress who plays Chu Xia is loads better than her counterpart in Qi Lu. For me, I enjoy the slew of flower boys who adore her and how oblivious she is to them. Unfortunately, every suitor is better than the actual lead. Qi Lu is quite a jerk and he still hasn’t showed much growth development even as he heads into the second season. Poor Chu Xia of course will only fall for the jerk and not even given the other caring guys by her side a chance. If you miss the olden days of F4 and romcom tropes, this is for you! Don’t forget to watch the second season as well!

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Moon River – BOF Flows Again! / 明若曉溪

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BWAHAHAHAHA. This is pure crack and I am so addicted. I came into this Taiwanese drama with the lowest of low expectations. From the previews and the first 20 minutes, this was Boys Over Flowers 2015, minus one flower boy (the gangster one?). You would think that after the Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese versions, I would be sick of another similar adaption. While the show does give you Hana Yori Dango feels, it has its own spin. I daresay, I enjoyed it better than Meteor Garden and Meteor Shower. SO if it is another BOF, give it to me anyways. Why? Because Xiao Xi, the main female lead is what I had wanted all the female leads in the other adaptions to be. While Xiao Xi is your typical quirky, innocent Candy….there is one thing she has above all others. She is a Kung Fu Master. HAHAHAHA. So amp up that kickass beatdown on those bullies! Coming from a really traditional village, she is a fish out of the water on a scholarship at the elite school for the rich.

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Frozen vs. Hot and Steamy

Luckily, gone are the days (well, somewhat) where the camera received more action than the kissing couple on screen. Oh yes, you know what we are talking about. We’re sure you all remember the days where our lip-locked couple are completely frozen, literally locked together, while the camera pans and spins away around them. Or the times you check the minutes of the drama because you think the drama is buffering because nothing is happening. But then, there are those rare moments where we witness a heartbreakingly beautiful kiss, the kind where we secretly dream of experiencing. These are the kiss we dream of or become the stuff of nightmares! Let’s take a look at the worst kisses and best kisses of Korean dramas!

phoenix’s picks

HOT AND STEAMY

Marriage, Not Dating: Can I just say that Han Groo and Yeon Woo-jin definitely have some crackling chemistry and smoldering kisses between them? One of my favorites was in the episode where Han Groo initiates the mind-blowing kiss that spurs Yeon Woo-jin to deliver a swoon-worthy make-out session, forgetting that they have an audience. We also got some yummy smoochies when they were hiding by their car.

It’s Okay, That’s Love: Nice smooches between Gong Hyo-Jin and Jo In-Sung. Jo In-Sung is very intense when he kisses, taking full control of it. We have smoochies by the waterfall and a epic smooch by the beach, while trying to condition Gong Hyo-Jin to accept affectionate touches without feeling bothered by them. We also got smattered smooching between the two throughout the whole drama that are so sweet that they give me cavities, I swear.

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Secret: Mmmmm, although I’m not really a fan of forced kisses, especially when Ji Sung sprung one on Hwang Jung-Eum, the kiss at the end of the drama made up for everything. Everything in the beginning of the drama screamed hate, violence, and angst. However, the beautiful and amazing kiss at the end blew my mind with it’s joy and acceptance. It was like having a mini-catharsis just by watching that one lip-lock.

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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: MMMMMM, such yummy kisses here between Jung Il-woo and Lee Chung-ah. We have spicy kimchi kisses and we have a mindblowing, fangirl swoon-inducing make out session by one youngin’s motorbike. Jung Il-woo sure knows to work those lips!

FROZEN

Heirs: Ermergerd, I cringed when Lee Min Ho kisses Park Shin-Hye. There was no chemistry and the kiss actually repulsed me. Park Shin-Hye looked like a deer caught in headlights and Lee Min Ho is trying to do all the work with no response. EEEK. Unfortunately, the camera zooms in and all I can see is Park Shin-Hye’s distressed face every time they touch lips.

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