Year End Special: Minutes Refund

Mai Sin Rai Fai Sawaat

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When I think about the potential of this show and what it ended up being, my eyes get sore and I get a headache. The story started out great: angsty, great character development and a significant amount of scenes between our main leads. But then the director decided to give too much screen time to supporting characters and side drama. That’s when the show started hitting the fan. I didn’t quite understand when the male lead fell in love with the female lead with so little scenes between them [and so much hate between them] and how they MIRACULOUSLY ended up being together at the end. I am even more disappointed because I know both main actors are super talented. I hope next time they reunite for a drama they’ll give a good talk to the director and tell him not to ruin it… Please.

High Society

A drama with good visuals, including great outfits but seriously nothing more. I feel like once in a while DramaLand puts on a pretty drama with gorgeous actors, but little substance. This is one of the best exampleS in my opinion. I could never get into this show no matter how many times I tried. My brain and my heart just wouldn’t cooperate.

~ maniac Ride

 

Hyde, Jekyll, and Me

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Even a drama with star power Hyun Bin, does not make an interesting story. Compared with Kill Me Heal Me which ran at the same time, HJM became a parody. It bounces out three personalities, none of which captures our attention, except to the Candy in the drama. Literally, bubbles and candy lights. It floundered and flopped, and just couldn’t gather into one cohesive plot. Continue reading

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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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Year in Review: Minutes Refund!

It’s the end of the year! Time for our blog to roll out our year end reviews/specials. We decided to start with those dramas we wished or almost wished we never watched. If possible, we would love the directors of those shows to refund the seconds, minutes, and hours we wasted. Sadly, that’s impossible. If you are planning to watch any of those shows beware!

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Dok Soke

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  • One man and two women – the same love triangle for pretty much every lakorn. If things were not complicated enough let’s make those two women mother and daughter.
  • You would have to seat through 50 plus episodes of intense guilt, tears, and wishy washiness by our two main leads.
  • Result: The female lead gets married to the male lead only to dump him at the end of the ceremony. A marriage followed by a separation?! Great, just what I needed.

Big

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  • Total confusion. I am so confused by this show that I can’t even explain what went wrong. Clearly, everything went wrong.
  • Gong Yoo please try to pick better drama projects in the future. I know you can do better.

A Thousand Kisses

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  • When a show is about two leads,  I expect to see enough screen time about their relationship. Well, not here. If that’s what you hope, skip this show.
  • The drama started off alright – a beautiful romance, relatives trying to tear our beloved couple apart, a delusional and clingy ex – and that quickly went down the drain. All that I got at the end of the drama is our main leads staring at each other through a window. Hummm, the director needs to redeem himself/herself with a better show.

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That Winter the Wind Blows 

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  • As much as I adore you Jo In Sung, since when did dying take over 3 minutes with you robot walking across a rooftop?
  • Perhaps I don’t get it, but I think it would have ended better in tragedy like in the movie rather than some dreamy petal blown (literally) happily ever after story.

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