New year and apparently I decided to take on several Korean dramas. I had been only watching about 2-3 at any given time, but recently just looked at my list and had 6 dramas and 2 web ones. This is just the Korean ones. I have a few Asian ones I’ve been watching slowly that I’m not including in this list because I really need to catch up with them!
Here are the dramas I’m watching with a little blurb about them.
Riders: Catch Tomorrow – I have been sitting on this drama for a little bit. It’s got a lovely cast, but the story sort of dragged with some of the basic tropes I dislike a lot: irritating mom and juvenile relationships among adults. Still, I’ll probably finish it this weekend and be satisfied with the story of 3 best friends (light bromance alert!) who band together to make a rickshaw business work. They meet obstacles, friends and love.
TIDBIT: Choi Yeo Jin‘s role highlights how subtly good she is. She manages to be more than a sexy woman every single time. She is so good.
Madame Antoine – Curse Sung Joon and his face. Oddly enough I have found this role as a psychiatrist to be slightly similar to his previous one in High Society. I guess if he can play the guy in denial of love well, so be it. My issue is still with Han Ye Seul. Still, after a few episodes, I kind of like their doctor vs. fortune teller pairing. Okay, I like it a lot. She plays the fake teller well. A bit of wide-eyed wonder with certainty at the same time. Though, if her character pulls some childlike bullshit like in Birth of a Beauty, I’m out of here!
TIDBIT: Idol actor Jinwoon is in this. He’s like a rambunctious puppy. I don’t hate that because he sort of does it well.
Moorim School – This drama is a mess. Why do I still watch it? It’s a guilty pleasure. It seems more fit to be a web series, but someone missed that memo. It’s basically a secret school with a lot of talented and diverse students. The core characters seem to be Sim Soon Duk (Seo Ye Ji) & Yoon Shi Woo (Lee Hyun Woo), but there are people around that tangle around them. It’s a little all over the place, but I do enjoy watching Ye Ji a lot. She has a really great grounded aura that she brings to Soon Duk. It’s pretty interesting because with that, she’s been able to out-act several actors. Not that it is super hard, but it’s definitely good.
TIDBIT: Former idol Alexander (U-KISS) is the antagonist of the drama. He’s decent. I hate his character! It’s kind of perfect.
Neighborhood Hero – I didn’t think I’d like this drama as much as I do. By default I had to check it out because of Lee Soo Hyuk, who is delightfully silly and aloof. Some of the acting was a bit rusty by Park Shi Hoo, but that’s sort of a given because of his scandal. Also the format of the show isn’t easy to convey. It’s a crime drama, but it has action and comedy. I’m sure it will settle fine, but let me tell you they showed the catalyst accident so many times, I thought I was watching Yong Pal.
TIDBIT: SNSD’s Yuri is so sweet in this. I love that her character has dreams of being a movie screenwriter and her imagination has clips on the show.
Cheese in the Trap – My favorite drama right now. Something about having a seemingly quiet woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind in a relationship with a man who hasn’t had relationship challenge him. Park Hae Jin plays Yoo Jung with nuances that Kim Go Eun‘s Hong Seol notices. The show in itself is a little cat and mouse game. If you haven’t seen the webtoon, don’t bother. Let this show stand alone. Some characters are just crazy, but that kind of crazy I think opens the relationship between Yoo Jung and Hong Seol in a way that no one else has.
TIDBIT: Seo Kang Joon (everyone’s favorite actor-idol) is absolutely killing his role of Baek In Ho. Did I think he could pull both being reckless and passionate? No. I was so wrong.
One More Happy Ending – Let’s see, Jang Na Ra (as Han Mi Mo) and Jung Kyung Ho (as Song Soo Hyuk) playing cute like how cute older actors should play cute? I AM IN. I think these are both people who are very aware of their youthful looks, but also their age and it translates well into roles like this. Happy Ending is a romcom about a second chance marriage matchmaker created by a former idol star (played by Na Ra). She’s close with most of her former members and I love that they include them in the storyline. Some of my favorite kdramas are the ones with a group of best friends. Kyung Ho plays a tabloid reporter who ends up tangled with Na Ra. They find out they have a history and hilarity ensues.
TIDBIT: I love that Yoo In Na is a hot mess in this. She’s looking for love and just wants to settle down. She’s surprisingly sassy and abrasive in this. I love it!
I’m also watching these web/mobile dramas: Falling for Challenge (starring Kim So Eun & EXO’s Xiumin) and High End Crush (with Jung Il Woo & Jin Se Yun). These mini dramas are really the best to fill in time between shows.
What’s your kdrama schedule like? Comment below or tweet me @cherylfornia!
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