Year in Review: Drama Crushes

A list of all the dramas we loved! The year 2014 had quite some good dramas. The key was to discover them! Thank you 2014 for blessing us with those shows :-D!

phoenix’s selection

Bad Guys

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There are no words to describe how much I love this drama. Without any love lines, this suits me just fine because the excellent action and thrilling fights more than makes up for it. We have a twisted father, Mad Dog, who lost his daughter during a serial killer investigation and now leads a special investigations unit made up of three hardened criminals released from jail. Kind of like a tame Hannibal scenario?

Anyways, we have a hitman who turned himself in after a murder and is full of regret and seeking redemption. The second is a powerful gangster who conquered 30+ districts for his boss in the span of a few weeks. The last is a amnesiac serial killer who can’t remember his murders…and who might have murdered Mad Dog’s daughter. Sounds like a self-destructing bomb doesn’t it? Oh, and I almost forgot that meddling ahjumma female cop in the group who always speaks like she is whispering. Anyways, although having ulterior motives in the beginning, Mad Dog gradually begins to appreciate each criminal for their humanistic side. The four develop a special camaraderie that has them saving each other’s butts, instead of climbing over each other to reduce their own sentences with each case they solve.

The drama is fantastically shot, though sometimes hard on the eyes, because of the dark lighting they always use. The fighting scenes are simply superbly choreographed and portrays the strengths of each character. The acting is also up to par even though most of the actors are not A-listers. With each episode being a separate case, the drama manages to tie the whole thing together by linking each character with each other as well as connecting all the cases together in a big mystery case. The ending shows us the potential for a sequel…which I can’t wait to see written and filmed!

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Shan Shan Comes to Eat

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Cuteness overload! I finally finished this drama and I am beyond satisfied. This is the perfect romcom ~

Original Title: 杉杉来了

Episodes: 33

Channel: JSTV

Theme: Rom-com

Plot

Shan Shan moves to Shanghai when she is hired by the finance department of Windgroup. As a young graduate, Shan Shan is surprised but also happy to have this opportunity –  the market is competitive, times are rough, and she didn’t graduate from the best university, etc…

It turns out that Shan Shan was hired because of her rare blood type – AB. Feng Yue, the sister of the CEO of  Windgroup, also has the same blood type. Feng Yue had lost a lot blood after delivering her baby. It’s later revealed that it’s been a custom for the company to hire someone with the blood type AB.

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