Review – Jealousy Incarnate
This show really shouldn’t have been as entertaining as it was. The plot was kinda lame, the territory worn… but due to the amazing cast, it somehow managed to still be an enjoyable show for 20 something long episodes. I think the reason this show appeals to people is because the premise is appealing. Who hasn’t had a crush on someone who just didn’t feel the same way? And how awesome would it be if they suddenly changed their mind – at the exact time someone as equally awesome came along and also liked you? And… let’s shoot for the stars… how incredible would it be to date them both, with their permission, and even set up house together while they generously allow to figure out your feelings? Geesh. It’s so ridiculous and in the realm of fantasy, which is exactly why it was entertaining for twenty episodes.
The love triangle is really the only reason to watch it. There are better shows about broadcasting (Pinocchio) and there are better shows about cancer (Padam Padam), though I will admit the male breast cancer angle was interesting. The side story about the warring moms was funny and I enjoyed their love triangle as well. The side story about the teenagers, eh. I have a serious crush on Choi Hwa-Jung, who played the rich guy’s mom, Madam Kim, so I loved watching her prance around and try to reign in her empire and heir… oh my God, she was rockin’ in this show. Her stylist deserves a special award for fitting those curves to perfection. Damn.
Overall Rating – 7/10. Two Boyfriends Are Better Than One.
Review – The Greatest Love
The Greatest Love is by far one of the greatest romantic comedies ever produced in South Korea. It is side-splitting funny, incredibly romantic, littered with memorable characters, maintains a fast-paced plot that never waivers and even manages to produce genuinely touching scenes that break your heart. It is both a satire and homage to the celebrity culture that both punishes and produces its inhabitants.
The story revolves around a woman who was once Korea’s sweetheart, the most popular member of an all girl singing band that lost her status and pride after a series of scandals. She struggles to maintain her career over the next decade by participating in whatever demeaning or ridiculous job she can get – from common promotional gigs to reality television. On the other end of the spectrum, our lead male is at the top of his game – a box office hit whose career is exploding. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to our fallen starlet and proceeds to pursue her. Laugh riot follows.
Overall Rating: 10/10. This is one of my solid Top Ten dramas… and here’s why…
Review – Ruler of Your Own World
His expression sums up my feelings about this show.
This drama has an “indie” vibe to it. The characters are street-smart, there’s a considerable amount of informal and bad language, and the whole plot feels very realistic, brain tumor and all. Like many indie features, you either get it or you don’t. I didn’t get this drama. It was like watching Holy Smoke with Harvey Keitel and Kate Winslet, or Your Friends and Neighbors. There were so many elements that confused me or infuriated me or just didn’t make sense to me. My biggest qualm being the romance and the most awkward love-triangle of all time.
To be fair – there were some aspects to this drama that I truly enjoyed. Sweet moments, tender moments, beautifully complicated moments. Did they balance out my frustration? Not really. People loved this drama – it has a cult following – but it just didn’t cut it for me. I had to force myself to finish it.
Overall Rating – 6.5/10.
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Review – Master’s Sun
An overall enjoyable series starring Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Shil, a young woman who is tormented by her ability to see ghosts and So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won, your typical CEO who is impervious to human relationships after a tragic event in his past. Commence romance and supernatural shenanigans. The episodes are fast-paced, varied and largely compelling. Lots of side-stories involving ghosts to keep up the speed when the main plot lags. I believe everyone can find something to like about this show and highly recommend it for online streaming or download.
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