Review – Oh My Venus
When I read what this drama was about, I was worried. I can’t think of one movie or show that actually dealt with weight issues or weight loss in a way that wasn’t 100% fat shaming, other than Bridget Jones. Especially considering the Korean obsession with perfection seems to mirror our own in America. But… I absolutely love the two leads. Is anyone cuter than Shin Min-A and So Ji-Sub? So I took the risk and settled down for Episode 1 fully expecting to be disgusted, annoyed, outraged or offended. But none of those things happened. Sure, the overweight girl wasn’t terribly overweight… but that wasn’t the plot. This show wasn’t about morbid obesity, it wasn’t about societal stigmas or culture wars, and it wasn’t about the deeper philosophies of aesthetics. It was about a beauty who had let herself go, the pressure of school, of work, of a stagnant relationship taking its toll on her physical and mental well being. Yet she persisted on, pushed forward with as much optimism and confidence as she could muster – even as her world broke down around her. It was a standard rom com.
To say I was charmed immediately is an understatement.
This show is sweet, light on the serious drama, and aimed to please. It hits the bullseye. It’s a fluffy romantic comedy with just enough conflict to throw our main characters together and make it deeply satisfying when they both fall head over heels in love. It’s a big “Awwwww” moment in K-drama form.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10.
So, how did a show about weight loss manage to overcome all the usual hurdles and actually be a sincerely adorable romance? Let’s discuss…
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Review – What Happened in Bali
Overall Rating – 10/10.
Currently still in a trance from having just finished this perfect character study on love, obsession, ambition, greed, betrayal… and all those other adjectives you find in Bronte novels. What an awesome show. Definitely going into my top ten favs… will have to do some shuffling.
The plot in a nutshell: Rich lady about to marry rich guy still has her old flame in her side pocket. She runs off to Bali for one last fling, only her future-hubby follows after ruining everything. While there, the three of them end up with a cheery tour guide. They all end up back in Korea. Tour guide girl asks rich guy for a loan… and a job. Next thing you know, both the rich guy and the rich lady’s old flame start falling for the tour guide.
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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Review – Cain & Abel
I loved this drama! It proved to be non-traditional and yet still remain firmly seated at the table of k-drama theatrics. Stories about heated rivalry are some of my favorites – there is nothing better than watching two people duke it out for a prize. This drama threw me for a loop, however, because for the majority of the show – one of the rivals didn’t even know he had a rival. Relatively fast-paced, adorably romantic, a hearty mix of medical drama, mystery, North-Korean refugees, Chinese location shooting and even a very well done amnesia plot (memory loss is always fun, no matter how ridiculous – This show made good use of it). From the dramatic opening sequence, I was hooked.
Overall Rating: 9/10