Drama Review: The K2 (2016)

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I have to say, I had high expectations of this drama before it even started. First, it’s an action drama in tvN (hello Signal), and second, I loved Ji Changwook in his previous dramas like Healer and of course, Empress Ki. The introduction of the story itself was daebak. The K2 stars Kim Jeha (Ji Changwook), who was a mercenary soldier assigned in Iraq. He got framed for killing his fiancée Raniya and because of that he becomes a fugitive. He tries to track down the real killer promising to avenge the death of his lover and find out why she was killed, no matter what cost. Things happened that led him to work under Choi Yoojin (Song Yoona), the two faced wife of Representative Jang Sejoon (Jo Sungha). At first I thought she was the evil queen, but after Episode 2, I knew I found the female heroine of the story.

SORRYNOTSORRY: I only acknowledge  one Yoona in this drama, and it’s not Im Yoona (Go Anna). Song Yoona killed it. Her character seemed to be at par with the lead Kim Jeha. Every scene she’s in keeps me interested. I know you’re supposed to hate the character everytime she’s being ambitious or mean (I loved Seju Mishil btw), but as what I’ve said, ever since Jeha saved Choi Yoojin from that car accident, I never saw her as the bad person anymore. I mean, she had her reasons . She fell in love, and gave up everything she had because of that love, but when she found out that all of it was just a lie, she felt betrayed and the only way she can accept her decisions was to forcibly make them right using the wrong methods. The only thing she was confident enough to call hers was JSS Security Company, and Mirror, the heart and brain of Cloud Nine.

Go Anna on the other hand… *exhales. She’s the perfect example of a female character that I hate the most. I’m not purely hating on Yoona here. I’m not a SONE but I see her as an actress, and I loved her in Love Rain and I loved her more in Prime Minister and I. Go Anna just gives me the chills. It’s like the writer wrote her character for aesthetic purposes only, or to have a girl that will become Jeha’s new love interest. I hate her character because of those reasons. It just showed how useless she is, except the back story where her famous mom got murdered to put his dad (who’s not even a husband material) on a leash. Jang Sejoon became a puppet to Choi Yoojin because of her, because Anna is her father’s only weakness. I’ve watched many kdramas already and what I hate the most is a helpless, useless female lead who’s just a weakness to others, and does nothing but use her charms to make everyone like her and protect her. Sorry. I will try not to hate her that much.

What I loved watching this drama is the chemistry between Ji Changwook and Song Yoona’s characters. Every time they’re on the screen, it makes me think whether Choi Yoojin is/will be Kim Jeha’s newfound love (their ship sailed up until Jeha preferred girls he can protect, and those he can secretly observe how-to-not-make-ramyun in the CCTV). I mean the car accident scene, or the umbrella scene? It was good to know Choi Yoojin cared and loved Jeha in the middle, that no matter how uncooperative he is to her plans, she never doubted him or backstabbed him at all, even when her despicable Secretary never failed to slither some bad comments to her ears. She found consolation in him, she found someone who she can be herself with, someone who was not intimidated by her or to voice out the wrong things she does, which may be the reason why she acknowledged him as Mirror’s co-owner. I kept asking myself… what if Choi Yoojin and Cloud Nine survived, and she became the First Lady. She could be ruling South Korea by now. *cue evil laugh

But this is a kdrama, and writers are determined to let the good in the good vs. evil thing win. I thought Jeha would carry a wounded Yoojin in his arms, head to the elevator, and make sure everyone lives (Yes Secretary Kim is included), but in the end they had to kill her and her husband who is now a changed man. I’m not really sure why Anna was okay on the fact justice was not achieved to her mother, that she was content on that happy ending while her real mom was still viewed as a typical kdrama mistress to the public. If I were her, I would’ve loved sitting on Madam Choi’s chair, thinking of ways how to make those bad people pay (especially Uncle) in a bad-ass Choi Yoojin way *another evil laugh, and most certainly not in an aegyo-I-have-to-look-cute-while-I-press-enter-in-front-of-my-boyfriend-who-almost-died-just-to-obtain-this-memory-card kinda way. Jeez… (here I go again)

Don’t get me wrong, I really did love watching The K2, but like the other Kdramas, you have issues… and it looks like K2 and I are in a love-hate relationship after all.

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Movie Review: The Annoying Brother (2016)

This movie has a very misleading trailer. I certainly didn’t expect this movie to be a sad one. It started of as a comedy. A conman as a brother, Doshik (Jo Jongseok) bluffs his way out of jail. He uses his younger brother Doyoung‘s (Do Kyungsoo) disability as an excuse which gave him a high percent chance in obtaining a parole.

Jo Jungseok is very good at cursing (almost every sentence he says has one). It’s because of him that I’ve mastered one korean curse word, I won’t say it here though. As an actor, he’s always good in every role he portrays, even as Lee Hwashin on Jealousy Incarnate, which was one of the most shrewd makjang dramas ever. It goes to say how versatile he is, from being a loyal royal guard, a chef/reporter who’s full of himself, or to a troublemaker who does nothing but curse.

Do Kyungsoo (I will not call him DO because he’s an actor right now) indeed has a pitiful character. He clearly portrayed someone who’s life suddenly turns into nothing perfectly. Doyoung is the type of character who lives his remaining days waiting to just die but ultimately finds a new purpose in it as he bonds with his hyung. Kyungsoo is a natural when it comes to acting a sad character. Even up to now, I still couldn’t forget his character in It’s Okay It’s Love… Kangwoo barefooted with a bruised face as he runs away from his abusive father, even when he and  Jang Jaeyeol was running happily on the streets of Seoul in Ep4 (still gives me the chills). Right now, Doyoung is a blind guy whose dreams shattered while he was on the process of achieving them. All he had left is his coach Lee Soohyun (Park Shinhye) and his annoying brother who help him change his life.

Jo Jungseok and Do Kyungsoo look so much alike that they could be siblings in real life. The resemblance was not surprising at all. Whenever they bicker, fight, or hang out in public baths (I loved this scene), it was like I was looking at how real brothers bond. Park Shinhye did well as a supporting actress too. I thought she and Kyungsoo will be a thing in the movie at something, but it only focused her as one of the characters that Doyoung can lean on. They could be a thing on day, someday, but nope… this is not a romance movie. I’m glad they focused on the siblings in this story (Duh, the title) and did not include any unnecessary sweet scenes because you don’t need to see that kind of love all the time in movies. The bromance itself was enough to make us laugh and cry at the same time.

It started as a comedy, but in the end it brought us tears. Cancer is like the cliché of all clichés in terms of disasters in kdramas or movies (runner up: Amnesia), but even though we say that we are tired  of these story line/plot twists, we are still caught off guard and end up crying river of tears. But before Doshik’s time reaches its limit, he made sure Doyoung got back to his feet, and continues to reach for his dream, and his hyung’s, which was for him to live happily in behalf of his family. ㅠㅠ

PS: When Doyoung finally said “Hyung”, that was my cue to cry ㅠㅠ 

DAY6: Third Comeback of the Year

They’re back… again. It’s because of this group that I look forward to the 6th day of every month this year. Ever since they debuted I’ve been wanting them them release more songs (2 mini albums were not enough). Right now I’m glad JYP Entertainment did not disappoint.

DAY6. My ears are always floating with hearts whenever I hear your songs. The MVs you release every month are just bonuses, because I look forward to your new songs more than the MVs. ‘Congratulations’ is an exception. That may have topped my list of favorite MVs so far. I was completely shocked when I saw the bitch (pardon my language) in ‘You Were Beautiful’ last month. You made a sequel to my favorite MV, telling us that the guy is starting to get over her while she is beginning to realize that she loves him still (after your lovely subway train date with your new bf/rebound namja? How ’bout NO?)

This month ‘How Can I Say’ tells us that yep… our guy(s) have finally moved on. That no matter how happy she feels right now, now that she recalls how happy they were and how she wishes they could get back together, our guy wants to call this quits. We recall that it was only the girl who wanted to end their relationship and right now, the guys has finally accepted it, and moved on completely. There’s no turning back girl, unless you want to cling to him and be his pathetic ex girlfriend.

Musically speaking (though I’m not an expert in that field), ‘How Can I Say’ gives us an ‘I Wait’ vibe. Though the lyrics are completely different, both songs gave me an animé opening song feels. 

The song, ‘It Could Have Been’ was a sad one. I haven’t looked up its English translation yet but no doubt it’s a sad song.

It could have been like that of you stayed? Something like that… It makes me think of the nonexistent man in my nonexistent love life. All of us have our own version of heartaches at least.

I was never a fan of bands like FT Island or CNBlue, making this band the only special band in my heart. I love their music, their songs, their vocals, visuals, everything. Sometimes it makes you wonder who the main vocal is (AOTA or maybe Dowoon?) There no doubt I love DAY6, and if you ask me who bias is… *coughs Younghyun.

God. I felt like I betrayed the other four. I feel bad. See you next month boys!

Drama Review: Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim (2016)

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Hands down to SBS for making this medical Kdrama happen.

First of all, believe it or not, I’m not that familiar to the main cast. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen Han Sunkyu (Teacher Kim) in a drama. I’ve known Yoo Yeonseok (Kang Dongjoo) since A Werewolf Boy and the drama Gu Family Book,  but I haven’t watched his dramas like Warm and Cozy and Reply 1994. As for Seo Hyunjin (Yoon Seojung), I haven’t watched her drama Another Oh Haeyoung yet (you can punch me for this) so I’m also not familiar in how she acts. PS: Don’t worry about OHY because I’m still on my 2016 Kdrama Marathon.

Maybe it was a good thing that I wasn’t familiar with the lead cast before I watched this drama. It’s always a good thing if you begin watching a Kdrama because of the story line and not because of the cast. I decided to watch this because of the good story, amazing reviews every episode, and of course, the awards they received afterwards proved it. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim didn’t need any mainstream actors to portray its characters because the story itself was enough to keep me on my seat for hours, clicking the next episode every after an episode ends.

Episode 1 made me think that it will be a romance drama all throughout (maybe like Doctors). Anyone could see that the OTP was definite the moment they kissed passionately (yep at the first episode), but after that episode, the romance went out of focus and it wasn’t even a bad thing.

Episode after episode, it was filled with issues and various types of medical crises. As a pre-med graduate, I was knowledgeable about the terms that they were using but because I’m not a nurse, I had no idea about the procedures done and especially what was happening inside the operating room. I don’t know if because it’s in South Korea or what but their hospital seemed that it was able to cater almost all their patients’ needs, despite the fact that it was introduced as a poorly, almost abandoned, primary (or maybe lower) hospital. I’m not talking about the equipment because I’m fully aware that the ancient ones were replaced. If you’re a primary hospital in the Philippines (yes I’m a Filipina), you won’t be able to store blood in your hospital because blood bags, if you’re not in a blood station of center, will be scarce. In the drama, blood bags (even packed RBCs or FFPs were readily available. Those were one of the main points that I have questions (not issues) with. But hey, this is fiction after all. Welcome to Kdrama land.

The way the characters were written in the story was okay. The writers wanted a lead the other characters can worship and they succeeded. All I can say is that Teacher Kim has a very shrewd mind. When we talk about his skills, undoubtedly he deserves all the praise, but when we talk about his attitude towards his colleagues and hoobaes, especially when he lectures/scolds them, I feel upset like Dongjoo. It’s all for the greater good though, and I admit, all his words make sense, but he expresses his way of things shrewdly. As for Kang Dongjoo, if I continued to pursue my dreams in becoming a doctor, maybe I could relate to him the most. He belonged in the middle class where he had to crawl his way to success. He had to put his everything to make things work, but unlike me, he’s very smart. The world wasn’t a better place to his family so in return he became determined to succeed to correct the injustice his own father experienced because of their status in life. Seojung’s character was also a complex one. I hoped the writers gave more emphasis to her mother’s identity and as to why President  Do was “kind enough” to adopt his friend’s daughter and take care of it. I find it very hard to believe that he’s that filial to his friend, I mean, look at how he treated President Yeo when things started to get rough. Plus how or when did she and President Do started to be distant with each other? If you want to prove yourself to someone, you don’t just leave them like that, unless a reason. As for her PTSD, I don’t recall it ever getting cured and I never even realized how she got over her ex-boyfriend’s death so maybe I missed that part.

The minor characters were true to their roles. Teacher Kim’s OR Team was like #SquadGoals in every hospital. They had each other’s backs, and they were very attached to the hospital to the point where they will do whatever it takes to protect it (in real life a workplace is just a workplace ㅋㅋㅋ). 

 The ending was sort of lacking, but it was just acceptable. Teacher Kim cleared his name, but only to his enemy, which is a more bad ass thing to do once you’ve decided to lay low and just be a good doctor. Even though all of the hospital staff knew about the main OTP’s “secret” relationship, I hoped that in the end they got to reveal it themselves. Yang Sejong (Do Inbeom) is a very good looking specimen, but besides that, I was glad that his character didn’t end up like his father even though he always stood up for him.

I’ve been watching dramas for more than a decade, that’s why I dislike clichés that only evolve around the love story or family issues, etc. It’s been fun watching this drama and I hope to see more of the leads soon.

 

BTS: You Never Walk Alone Era

If I were to categorize myself as an ARMY, I would be that type that appreciates their music more than their looks (Yoongi’s an exception though, jk 😂😂). When I heard the teaser of Spring Day, I eventually decided, without having second thoughts, that it has become my favorite song from Bangtan. I’m not a music enthusiast but the melody of the song captivated me. I was more interested with the song than the MV itself. I lack detective skills as a fan of BTS because I have no patience of watching their videos lots of times just to look for clues, so I let the fandom solve it instead, while I enjoy listening to their music.

Another anthem inspired song from BTS!! #MultipleShotsFired  🔫🔫🔫  This song was more than dope if you ask me. But I want to talk about the MV first… Where’s our Momma Jin Big Hit? Sometimes (?) they forget him, which saddens me. Still we have to support the boys.
No Not Today. Honestly, they should stop considering themselves as underdogs in the Korean industry anymore. They proved that a lot last year where they won multiple Daesangs from various Awarding Ceremonies. Keep soaring Bangtan. Never mind the haters.

Welcoming myself to WordPress

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Hello WP! This is thekdramaqueen. I’m not really good at writing long essays about things, in fact, this is just the voice inside my head dictating the words that I am typing right now. I’m kinda new to this blog site so I’m still not sure how to operate or even customize my blog 😅.

I wonder why I wanted to have a blog in the first place… I’ve always envied those people who get to share their thoughts in the internet because in some ways, they can be open. Which is why I  prefer to be known as just thekdramaqueen and not use or share my real identity here.

I’m out of words… for now. This is just my first post right? Heol… I feel pressured already.