Rewatch-Answer Me 1997

reply-1997Watching this show for the second time around is just solidifying for me how masterfully it was executed.  The characters are actually believable, tangible human beings.  In fact, they’re the kind of people you’d want to get a beer with at the pub on Friday night.  It has the same fresh breath of life that makes Coffee Prince feel so astoundingly real and pierce straight to the soul.

It struck me last night as I was sitting tearfully on the edge of my seat, breathlessly waiting for the events that I already knew were going to happen to gracefully unfold, that episode 5 has to be one of the most simultaneously heart wrenching and heart warming drama excerpts I have ever beheld.  It has a fluidity about it, a natrualness, rather than this chopped up overly dramatic, commercialistic, wheel spinning that entices you to find random projectiles to hurl at the T.V. screen.  It looks and feels like a real family that fights over real every day things like money, and grades, and spending too much time mooning over unattainable famous boys.  A family that loves each other enough to drive each other crazy, but also loves each other enough to come together in a time of crisis.  A wife that loves her husband so much that she’ll call the drama script writer 100 times just to get the ending that will make  him feel encouraged about his recovery.  A father that loves his daughter so much that even though she acts like spoiled baby, he’ll do her homework while he’s in the hospital because he can’t stand to think of her being hit by the teacher at school.  It’s plain, simple, humanistic beauty captured at its best, and I was soaking in every gloriously emotional second of it.

Seriously, if you have never taken the time to watch Answer Me 1997, I highly suggest that you do.  You won’t regret it!!  Especially if you are a 90s/early 2000s kid like me.  You just can’t beat the nostalgia with a stick.

Currently Watching Gu Family Book and Jung Yi, Goddess of Fire

Watching two sageuks at once is quite an undertaking, but I’m enjoying it all the same.  However, though both are historical dramas, they really are two completely different shows.

Thoughts on Gu Family Book-

I have found that I’m a huge fan of the sageuk’s that infuse Korean legends of the super natural.  It gives a glimpse not only into their historical culture, but also their old superstitions and religion as well.  I’ve seen many animes and dramas alike that give their own unique spin to the legend of the nine tailed fox demon, and it’s always entertaining.  For those of you who have seen My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Nine Tailed Fox) and loved the cuddly, fuzzy, human/spirit/fox that was Mi Ho, don’t expect it from Gu family book.  Daddy fox (Wol Yong) and jr fox (Kang Chi) both have a raging, demonic, blood thirsty side that they are desperately trying to contain.  Though Gu Family book may lean towards the campy side at times, I am still thoroughly enjoying it.  I think this type of drama has to have a little gooey melted cheese on top to add to the flavor yah know?


Thoughts on Jung Yi, Goddess of Fire-

Okay, so I really like this drama overall, but I am finding that this is yet another sageuk that would have benefited from being a little shorter.  Sometimes less is more.  There’s only so much of the same situational drama over and over again that I can take before I start getting desensitized to it and I’m like *Yawn, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ*.  That being said, I think it’s really interesting that Moon Geun Young took on two roles about women who were pioneers in the world of Korean art.  In Painter of the Wind she played the role of the first Korean woman to be a royal painter, likewise in this drama she is portraying the role of the first Korean woman to be a royal potter.  Both are based on real people in Korean history.  It really makes me like and respect her more as an actress because she’s choosing some dramas of substance, rather than all money making commercial regurgitation.


I’ve Returned, With Movies!!! :P Heaven’s Postman and I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Okay

So life just got really busy for a while and I made the executive decision to not post for a long time.  Also, it’s kind of hard to post about kdrama when you don’t have time to watch it… I did however recently watch a kdrama movie which I throughly enjoyed, Heaven’s Postman.  I also saw I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Okay, which was surprisingly touching.  So here’s a brief little blurb about them.

Heaven’s Postman

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Basically, a slightly whacky girl who has been jilted in love by an ex-boyfriend who has recently died begins sending angry letters to the recently deceased via a mailbox in a field in the middle of nowhere that is believed to be a way to send letters to heaven.  One day she encounters the postman that is supposively delivering the letters to heaven and they strike up a friendship and she begins helping him to tell lies and set up scenarios to comfort the people who leave letters in the mythical mailbox.  All the while she believes that her postman is a fake, but in actuality he is an angel.

My Thoughts:

Heaven’s Postman might seem slow to some people, but to me it was a perfectly beautiful roller coaster ride of emotion.  I love off beat movies that involve the super natural, and Heaven’s Postman didn’t fail to deliver that dark charm that I just can’t get enough of.   It explored the human heart and the different ways people react and cope with death.  It also tells a beautiful love story of a broken hearted girl who gets a second chance at love only to have her heart ripped out again, but then ultimately fate gives her her happy ending.  It also tells the story of a boy who gets a second chance at life, and plays with the idea of fate and the deeper connection of souls that are meant to be together.  I love, love, love this type of drama that plays with philosophical ideas and not just surface romance.  Not to mention the cinematography is that kind of dark and grungy beautiful that just makes everything more interesting.  Plus, the lead male is some serious eye candy, just saying.  He’s one beautiful angel…

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I’m a Cyborg But That’s Okay

I'm a Cyborg but That's Okay


A mentally disturbed girl who appears to have schizophrenic tendencies has a break down after her also mentally ill grandmother has to be taken away to the sanatorium.  She develops an alternate persona in which she is a cyborg who must rescue her grandmother.  She is sent to an asylum when she cuts herself and inserts a power cord into her veins in order to “charge” her body,  Upon entering the asylum another young man with mental illness takes interest in her and they form an unusual friendship that eventually develops into romance.

My Thoughts:

When I initially read the title of this movie I must admit I only watched it because I thought it would be so terrible that I would get a good laugh out of it.  Boy was I ever wrong, this quickly became one of my favorite movies of all time.  If you are a big fan of Rain, this movie shows Rain like you’ve never seen him before.  A crazy man who hops like a bunny and brushes his teeth 5 times a day because he’s afraid if he doesn’t that he’ll disappear.  This movie is indeed very strange, but in an incredibly interestingly charming Tim Butonesque kind of way.  Think Benny and Joon, but with crazy people instead of intellectually disabled people.  These two extremely odd people meet each other in the asylum and understand each other in a way that no one has ever understood them before.  They are okay with each other’s eccentricities because they are both so different and find ways to help each other deal with their issues.  They exist in their own plane of thought that no one else can enter.  It is a very entertaining, quirky, hilarious, and touching movie which I would recommend to anyone all day long.  It had me laughing so hard I cried and also crying because I was so touched.  It’s truly brilliantly made from the script, to the acting, to the cinematography, and even the special effects.  It’s a gem that I am so grateful I accidentally stumbled upon.

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Holy Hulu!!

So I was scrolling through the Korean Dramas section of T.V. genres on Hulu, and they have added like at least 20 dramas, plus a few kpop shows.  I am super excited about it and just wanted to inform everyone.  The best part is that if you are okay with watching on the computer Hulu is totally free.  Enjoy!!

Currently Watching Update:

Rascal Sons:

So this show is super long, it is supposed to be 50 episodes when it finishes airing.  So given the length, there is a decent amount of wheel spinning involved, and I was starting to feel the burn until I caught up two days ago.  Around the mid 30s the episodes start getting really interesting again and they’ve thrown in a few things that  have me totally invested and biting my nails in anticipation.  Props to the writers for being able to rekindle my interest after this long.

The Great Catsby:

So far I love this show!  There is something about the year 2007, it  just seems to have churned out more worthwhile kdramas than any other year.  Here’s to hoping I continue to enjoy this show as much as I am at the moment!!

Cheongdamdong Alice

Well it was bound to happen.  I watched a nice streak of really good dramas and then along came a dud.  I really wanted to like this one, as it stars Moon Geun Young, who is one of my favorite kdrama actresses, however, I just couldn’t reconcile with the ever mounding mediocrity as the show dragged on.


So where do I start?  Well, I guess the first glaring reason that it never captured my full interest is the plot itself.  I just could not connect with it on any level.  Now I have watched some shallow kdramas in my day with not much more to offer than the mild amusement of an ever spinning wheel, but this one might take the cake.  I mean, there just wasn’t a solid leg to stand on.  The girl fell in love with him when she thought he was poor, so she wasn’t even really a gold digger, so what’s the big deal?  And even if she was a gold digger, if the two of them fell in love who cares?  I don’t know, all of the drama just seemed pointless.


And then there is the major turn off of Cha Seung Jo the male lead having small penis syndrome.  Between his ridiculously weak and girly reaction to his first break up and his constant daddy issues I just couldn’t find him man enough to even be attractive in any way.  This may stem back to my personal skepticism of psychology and the over-diagnosis of psychological disorders in general, but that’s a whole different issue altogether.


Overall, I am not going to recommend Alice as a show to watch, though I’m sure there are people who enjoyed it.  For me it was an eternal snore (and I literally fell asleep every time I turned it on) with lack luster characters and plot.  I give it a 2 out of 5.  Hopefully I’ll have better luck with my next drama!!

I’m Back!!

So with all the craziness of moving and doing work to the house, plus taking forever to work out the issue of getting internet (it was way more complicated than it should have been), I have been MIA for a few weeks on my blog.  Consequently I have not really been able to watch any kdrama since I just got my internet set up (I know, horrible right!!).  I am still working on watching Rascal Sons and Cheongdamdong Alice.  I did finish I Miss You like the day before I moved, but never had a chance to review it because of my internetless situtation.  However, at this point my momentum for reviewing it is totally gone since it’s been a few weeks.  I will just say that I did enjoy the show even with all of its melodramtic over-the-topness, it had some really beautiful moments, and some really not so beautiful moments, but all in all I think it’s still worth watching.  Yoon Eun Hye definitely played an entirely different role in this one and I think she played it well, so of course that made me happy.  Anywhoo, I should be reviewing a drama sometime in the near future just as soon as I finish one.  I just wanted everyone to know that I am still alive and I haven’t given up my blog🙂

Apology for Being Busy

I would like to apologize.  I know I have a lot of comments that I have not replied to in the past week.  I happen to be in the midst of closing on a house and moving right now so my world is turned upside down.  Hopefully I will be able to find time tonight or one night soon to reply to everyone and write a new post.  Thanks for being patient and sticking with me!!🙂