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.

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I Have a Lover: The Grass Isn’t Greener on the Other Side

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This drama is not on my top watch list. As a matter of fact I’ve been skip-watching it: I press fast forward in the blink of an eye. Yet, I do appreciate the lesson that this drama carries.

Hae Kang is a lawyer who is always killing it in the courtroom. Losing a case? Humm, it’s rare for her. She’ll go really far to make sure she wins. But her success as a lawyer doesn’t quite reflect her marital life. Hae Kang and her husband Jin Eon have been going through a rough patch for quite a while. Jin Eon blames Hae Kang for putting her career above all, not caring enough about their marriage. The couple has experienced the loss of a child and Hae Kang primarily focusing on her career might be the result. Despite all, Hae Kang deeply cares for her husband. Yes, she hasn’t shown it as much as she could or should but she does.

Ahhh instead of understanding her, going to a counselor, trying to solve the problem, Jin Eon goes and has an affair. Great, isn’t that the best solution? Jin Eon, who is a professor, starts meeting one of his students. The student, Seol Ri, knows that he is married but doesn’t care much. Let’s make it short: Jin Eon continues his affair and then asks for a divorce. Hae Kang refuses at first but then let it go. Soon after, Hae Kang loses her memory after an accident/murder attempt. When she wakes up, she starts living as Yong Ki – her twin sister (I’ll keep calling her Hae Kang in this post).

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One Warm Word (따뜻한 말 한마디)

Finally a drama for a more mature audience!

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The story of two couples –  Na Eun Jin+ Kim Sung Soo and Song Mi Kyung + Yoo Jae Hak .

Na Eun Jin and her husband have been going through a rough patch since he first cheated on her five years ago – justifying his infidelity by her postnatal depression. Since his affair, things have never been the same in their couple. They are unable to communicate, or even have any form of physical contact. Their couple is also suffering because of the feelings Eun Jin has developed for Yoo Jae Hak, Song Mi Kyung’s husband.

Eun Jin and Jae Hak have been having an affair for quite some time when they decide to stop seeing each other, mainly due to the guilt Eun Jin is feeling and her decision to sincerely give another chance to her marriage.

Meanwhile Mi Kyung found out about her husband’s affair and hire a private detective to follow him. She also tries to know more about the woman her husband is having an affair with…

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It’s hard to appreciate it if one doesn’t keep an open mind. I have been reading some of the comments made about the show and I feel like a lot of people seem to hate Eun Jin’s character – making it seem like she’s the vilain. The thing is that there is no bad guy in this show. Every single character has a reason for their actions and that’s something to take into account. The comments I have read are quite eye-opening. It shows how quick society is to judge adultery and other couples without fully understanding what’s truly going on.

The theme of adultery has been tackled in so many dramas, but I think this is a rare one that doesn’t demonize it. I am not trying to defend adultery at all, but this drama shows that it’s not something that is completely black or white – more grayish. No matter the reason, it’s clear that no one should cheat, but it’s important to realize that most people don’t know how they will truly react if they were in the same situations.

The only character that slightly bothers me is Jae Hak’s. His indifference to his wife’s feelings is quite annoying. I wish he could be less selfish. His wife has been supporting him and his God awful mother for so long – cooking, cleaning, raising the two songs, and running errands from dawn to dusk. He half ass an apology and serves it to her and then calls her crazy because she is being emotional over him cheating. Seriously what woman would remain calm if she found out that her husband was having an affair?

Episode 8 is airing today! It seems like Sung Soo is going to discover his wife’s affair. He is obviously not going to take it well, but what I am more interested in is how he will confront her. When he had his affair, he complained that she kept bringing it back in their conversations and arguments. Will he do the same and finally understand how his wife felt back then?

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4K2uB2-vRk

OST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztnPzPjw8fk

– maniac Ride