My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Ladies of Red Velvet

This post will showcase some recent editorial photos of Red Velvet’s IreneYeri and Seulgi.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is Irene for VOGUE (Korea). She is so beautiful 😍.


Yeri’s recent photoshoot with DAZED (Korea) is so adorable. I love how she pouts in some of the pictures.


Finally, here is Seulgi for ELLE (Korea). Flowery concepts are always a beauty to see.

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku – Movie Review

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, also known as It’s Difficult to Love an Otaku, is a 2020 Japanese live-action film based on a manga written and illustrated by Fujita. The manga’s name is Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii.

Synopsis: Momose Narumi is a 26-year-old otaku who enjoys reading boys’ love manga but hides it from others. She begins work at a new company and meets her old childhood friend Nifuji Hirotaka. Hirotaka is handsome and good at his job, but he is also an otaku. After work, Narumi and Hirotaka talk about their otaku interests. Hirotaka asks her if they can date, telling her it will be nice. They begin their relationship but face many hardships and difficulties. (source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I remember ranting about this movie late last year. It was a detailed post explaining my love for the source material and how I felt about the upcoming film 👉🏼 My Excitement Is Real – WOTAKOI: LOVE IS HARD FOR OTAKU is getting a live-action film. YESSS🎊🎊🎊.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku released in February, and I just saw it last week. It took me a while to watch it mainly because I was waiting for subtitles and HD quality. It’s interesting to see one of my favourite manga/anime come to life. I think Saito Takumi and Takahata Mitsuki did okay considering how the director/scriptwriter crafted things.

Alright, there goes my sweet intro. Belt up people because things are about to get sour. I have seen the anime, bought and read the manga, which proves my commitment. Therefore, I am fully authorized to comment.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring myself to partake in or even slightly enjoy the musical aspect introduced in this live-action. I’m probably mistaken about the target audience, but the musical scenes felt random, cringe and lasted way too long. I enjoyed Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii since it had a certain maturity level due to the office setting and the characters’ age group. I also loved the weird/witty comedy. Thankfully, that was left intact.

Nonetheless, this film completely threw out the source material’s fire and left me watching what I couldn’t exactly wrap my head around. Ladies and Gentlemen, I must admit that I could not bring myself to sit through the entire movie at this juncture. The frustration and utter disappointment were too real. Actually, throughout this week, I have been contemplating whether to write this review. I’m only giving myself the go-ahead to break down some significant elements that ultimately caused this film to go left –

  1. The replacement/partial removal of essential characters like Koyanagi Hanako and Kabakura Taro – In my opinion, the director didn’t showcase enough of them. Instead, he gave us two other support roles that took all their lines/screen time from the manga. Also, these newly found second leads weren’t essential to the story’s development.
  2. The director did a lot of tossing around with the story – It felt like he placed the source material on a chopping board and failed to puzzle it back correctly. The storyline was oddly out of place and felt too rushed. Don’t get me wrong, I know the manga was fast-paced, but at least the story flowed. By taking away specific essential roles in the live-action and mix-matching the timeline of specific events, everything else came off quite sloppy, in my opinion.
  3. Odd story progression leads to missed opportunities for good character development – Take, for example, The No-Otaku date that Narumi and Hirotaka had. I think it came too early in the film. Hence, it failed to accomplish the same understanding and growth brought to their relationship in the manga/anime version.

I could go on, but I’m going to end things here. Overall, Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku did not do its source material justice in any shape or form. I highly doubt that anyone would watch this film and become intrigued enough to pick up the manga. Maybe I’m too picky, and some people enjoyed this live-action. WHO KNOWS? Still, for me, this film gets a 4.5/10. To better understand how I rate each drama or movie, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide.

If anyone is still interested in watching this movie and forming their own opinion, it is available on Dramanice with English subtitles.

Manikarnika – Vijayi Bhava: Song Of The Week

The song that I have been going back to a lot this week is “Vijayi Bhava” by Shankar Mahadevan. It is one of the soundtracks from the Bollywood film – Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

To my new readers that find this recommendation odd, don’t worry. It’s quite familiar for me to divert out of my norm😂. I have showcased a few of my favourite Bollywood songs on this blog previously. I often watch Indian films, and I love their soundtracks, so feel free to check out my previous recommendations with these links:

Mission Kashmir – BUMBRO: Song Of The Week

Arijit Singh – KALANK (TITLE TRACK): Song Of The Week

I genuinely enjoy “Vijayi Bhava” because of the glorious feeling it gives off. The choral singing + the drums make this song. I got goosebumps when I first heard the chorus. After taking in the beauty of “Vijayi Bhava”, I went ahead to listen to the full soundtrack album, which was equally splendid. I can’t wait to watch the movie. If you’re interested, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is available with English subtitles on Dramanice.

Now since I couldn’t find any English lyric videos on YouTube, I did a screen recording to help you all understand “Vijayi Bhava” –

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 7

Alright, I am back to give my review on episodes 4 – 7 of Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi. If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:  

Episodes four to seven showcased how Aoi Midori’s approach to being a pharmacist influences her closest co-workers and patients. Everyone learns something new after meeting her. That is why we got into the stories of side characters like Hakura and Aihara.

Hakura’s issue with his dad was an excellent way to stress that every individual should be independent of other people’s negative stigma on their profession or lifestyle in general. Being a doctor would have probably given Hakura more prestige, but a hospital doesn’t need only doctors. Therefore no matter the medical line you fall into, you are still fully involved in saving a life. Thankfully, Hakura gained confidence in his profession through Aoi Midori’s help, and his father also learnt some well-deserved lessons.

In Aihara’s case, she’s finally intrigued to pursue pharmacy with more passion after seeing Aoi interact with numerous patients. Plus, she now wants to focus on anti-cancer medication. At first, Aihara had difficulty connecting with patients or being discreet with her facial expressions. However, after paying more attention and heeding to great advice, she’s gotten better. Aihara’s growth is still a working progress, and I want to see how far the writer develops this character before the drama wraps up.

I am genuinely enjoying the presence of almost every character in this drama. Everyone (lead, supporting cast & patients) plays a vital role in bringing this heartwarming series to life. The stories of each patient are always lesson filled and so touching. Minoshima Koharu’s battle with leukemia and the cancer patient’s family was the most memorable aspect of episodes four to seven.

Now the only character that I do not appreciate so far is Dr. Nanao. He seems to be all about personal achievement rather than caring for patients. The fact that there might be doctors like him in real life irks me. In these episodes, he steadfastly tried to push a trial drug on a patient that didn’t want the treatment. All new medicines get tested at some point, but his intentions weren’t pure. Plus, the way he nitpicks at every little thing is quite annoying.

Before I round, am I the only one that feels Seno likes Aoi? I don’t care much for a love connection in this drama, but he sends signals that I can’t overlook. Also, the preview was scary. I hope Seno doesn’t have a terminal disease🙏🏽. However, no matter what the writer decides to do, I will still be watching because I am enjoying Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi.

That’s is all for this review. If you’re currently watching this drama, what do you think of the story so far? Let me know in the comment section.

Remember, this drama is available with subtitles on Dramanice or Kissasian.

Do You Like Brahms?: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 2

Do You Like Brahms? is an ongoing Korean series that stars Kim Min Jae and Park Eun Bin as leads. It started airing on August 31st and will run for sixteen episodes.

Synopsis: In defiance of her family’s opposition, Song Ah gets accepted to the same university’s music school, where she previously majored in business. As she’s seven years older than her classmates, she finds her new academic life daunting and struggles to find strength. One day, she hears Joon Young playing “Traumerei,” which comforts her. Joon Young is a talented pianist who started playing the piano when he was six. He’s been friends with Jung Kyung, Kyunghoo Group’s CEO’s granddaughter, for a long time, and is in love with her. When he decides to keep his distance from Jung Kyung, he meets Song Ah. (source – Viki)

Expectations: I saw the trailers for this drama all over Instagram. Plus, I enjoy the acting of both leads. Hence I decided to check it out and see if it’s worth my time.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

First off, I adore the serene atmosphere of this show. The calm nature makes for a relaxing watch. From what I’ve seen, Do You Like Brahms? is going to be a slow burn romance story. I don’t mind this because we are getting quite realistic interactions. Chae Song Ah and Park Joon Young are so awkward and overly careful around each other. Hence why it will be interesting to watch their relationship progress out of that stage. I’m super excited to see them become friends and gradually fall in love because the subtle glances at each other, in just these two episodes, are screaming chemistry!!!

Another thing I genuinely appreciate about this drama is that Song Ah and Joon Young are friendly and also respectful to others. We all know that a male lead that starts nice is quite rare in the K-drama scene. That’s why when I meet these occasional gems, I remain tuned. Also, the OST line-up is promising. The one from Punch – “Close To Me” is simply beautiful –

Now let’s discuss the existing love triangles holding our leads back –

  • Chae Song Ah Vs. Yoo Dong Yoon & Kang Min Sung: I don’t think this triangle will get messy, but there is tension to unfold. Chae Song Ah lacks confidence due to her academic standing, but she’s brave for pursuing her dream. Maybe the writer plans to use this situation of being in love with her friend’s ex-boyfriend to impact growth and boost her confidence level.
  • Park Joon Young Vs Lee Jung Kyung & Han Hyun Ho: Now, this one will not end well. This triangle is the literal definition of – “it’s about to go down.” Park Joon Young has always done things to please others and provide for his family, hence why I believe this situation might be a device to let him out of his shell. The major problem here is Lee Jung Kyung. She seems quite jealous already, and I’m not looking forward to what will cook up once Joon Young starts shows vital interest in Song Ah.

Although this drama does not have many funny moments, I laughed out loud when Song Ah asked Joon Young – “Do You Like Brahms?” at the airport. I instantly had a flashback of the iconic line from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo – Do You Like Messi? 😂😂😂

I am very excited about the upcoming episodes, and if anyone else is interested, new episodes of Do You Like Brahms? are uploaded every Monday & Tuesday on Viki 👉🏼 https://www.viki.com/tv/37214c-do-you-like-brahms

Nothing But Thirty: Final Review – Episode 21 – 43

Alright, it is time to wrap up Nothing But Thirty. Honestly, I already finished watching this series when I wrote my initial review. I took down notes for the remaining episodes, but me being me, I wasn’t able to come back immediately with the next part. Sorry, everyone🤦🏼‍♀️.

Now let’s get it done. Remember, all episodes of this drama are available on Viki with this link 👉🏼 Nothing But Thirty with English subs.

Also, check out the first part review with this link – Nothing But Thirty: Drama Review – Episodes 1 – 20

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I knew something was fishy about Man Ni’s boyfriend. Liang Zheng Xian thought he could keep a woman for every city he visits. He had my girl looking like a mistress. I’m glad Man Ni broke away from his shackles, even though it took her a while to get over the depressed feeling.

Life happens; we learn and grow each day. By the end of the series, Wang Man Ni grew into a more independent lady and decided to focus on herself rather than conforming to society’s norms.

In the case of Zhong Xiao Qin and Chen Yu, I’m happy that they had their time apart. There’s a saying that ‘you don’t appreciate what you have until you lose it.’ Xiao Qin and Chen Yu had way too many misunderstandings, and they both needed to be mature enough to clear out everything. Thankfully, the writer showed them working on their communication skills.

Chen Yu became more open about his feelings, and Xiao Qin gained self-confidence. As a couple, they were now able to consider things through each other’s perspective, which made me love their reunion.

During the last few episodes, the arc that made me go crazy in the right way was Gu Jia’s. I felt her pain, disappointment and frustration with Xu Huan Shan and his mistress (Youyou). They nearly broke this lady.

The fact that Xu Huan Shan was bold enough to make Gu Jia and her father clean up his mess was what completely blew my mind. You claim that your wife controls everything, but you can’t even do anything on your own. Make it make sense because I’m baffled😤. I just wanted to go into the series and knock common sense into his brain. Plus, Youyou is also another entitlement character. From what I saw, Xu Huan Shan only used her to boost his failed pride and ego. The scene that made me feel heavy throughout Gu Jia’s ordeal was the bathtub moment in episode 40. I cried because it was too painful to watch –

Infidelity in marriage has always bothered me because there are many things to consider before thinking of divorce. However, I don’t think I will be able to trust my partner or even look at the person the same way. It isn’t even the matter of forgiving but rather the stress and emotional distraught I have to put myself through if I want to remain in such a union. Just like Man Ni told Gu Jia – “Getting divorced is a punishment to him. Not getting divorced will be a punishment to yourself.” All the same, I’m glad that Gu Jia stayed strong and made the best decision for herself. Also, as the series concluded, I felt a little bit of sympathy towards Xu Huan Shan. Like I said earlier, life happens, we learn and grow each day.

Before I conclude, let’s talk about the family that appears at the end of each episode. I think they showed that everyone’s timeline is different. While your up, someone else is down and during your down moments, another person is up. The one factor that should remain the same is everyone moving to better themselves. Remember, age is but time and a number. Nothing and no one should hold us back in life.


Overall, I love that in this series, everyone acknowledged their mistakes. Problems in a relationship don’t just come out of thin air. Sometimes, we have to question ourselves to see if we contributed to it in any shape or form. Gu Jia and Zhong Xiao Qin were an excellent example of this. Another beautiful lesson from this drama is that life cannot always be smooth. Struggles arise to promote growth and impact knowledge, so keep fighting.

Nothing But Thirty not only provided viewers with excellent acting, cinematography and a phenomenal soundtrack album. It also showcased the friendship and life struggles of three equally beautiful and strong women. Everything from pacing to the storyline came out perfect. I truly learnt a lot, and this is the kind of drama that I can always come back to and still feel satisfied each time. Therefore this series gets a 10/10 from me. To better understand how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide

YES, this was another long review, oops😂😂😂. Have a great day, everyone.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower

A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower is a 2020 Chinese TV series that starred Yang Zi ShanGuo TaoLu Yu LaiAngelababyRexen ChengBaby Zhang more. It ran for 16 episodes.

Summary: A beautiful coffee shop owner named Zhong Meibao suddenly dies in a condominium at the Horizon Tower. She had on a doll-like makeup. Hence the case was referred to as the “Doll Murder Case”. This case shocks the whole tower, and after investigation, the clues point to three suspects – security guard Xie Baoluo, architect Lin Dasen and property manager Lin Mengyu. Zhong Meibao’s beauty enthralled all three suspects, and all had an intimate relationship with her. All clues seem to point to the possibility of a love crime. However, during the investigation, new clues begin to emerge and turn the focus to Zhong Meibao’s complicated and painful youth. Her family, consisting of her step-father, mother, younger brother and foster mother, were implicated. Just who could be the real murderer? (source – MyDramaList)

Trailers –

This drama seems interesting. I might start watching it soon. My main reason for this post is to share the official posters with you all. I found them to be intriguing and stunning.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

If anyone has seen A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower, leave some mini-reviews in the comments section. I need to know what I’m signing up for.

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A look At Dilireba’s Upcoming Drama – The Long Ballad

I first saw the character posters for The Long Ballad (CHANGGE XING) last month, and I noticed that a lot of my favourite actors were in it. From Dilraba Dilmurat to Zhao Lusi, Alen Fang, Liu Hai Kun and Leo Wu. Since they were all familiar faces, including a new handsome face – Liu Yu Ning, I decided to keep an eye out for a trailer because that would determine if I’m going to commit or not. img_2379_originalimg_2380_originalimg_2381_originalBefore we dive into the trailer, let’s check out the basic summary of this drama. I know it’s adapted from a manhua called Xia Da.

Synopsis: Li Chang Ge’s family was murdered by Li Shi Min, the Emperor of Tang, during the Xuanwu Gate Incident. She heads to Shuo Province under the guise of a man with hopes of raising an army to kill Li Shi Min and avenge her family’s death. However, as a captain of the Shuo Province army in Zhangzhou, she loses a siege to the Eastern Turkic Khaganate General Ashina Sun, who takes her to serve him as a personal military strategist.

The first trailer was released last week. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have English subs, but I think if you’ve watched a good number of Chinese dramas, you should get the gist. This is also my first time watching it.

I think people who enjoy a stable balance of Wuxia (martial arts) and romance will definitely love this drama. Personally, I am 70/30 right now. I’ll wait for the second trailer before making my final decision. I do find the costumes beautiful. Take a look at the full character posters released by Tencent – img_0666_originalimg_0667_originalimg_0668_originalimg_0670_originalimg_0669_original

img_0671_originalimg_1890_originalimg_1889_originalimg_1894_originalimg_1887_originalimg_1895_originalimg_1892_originalimg_1888_originalimg_1893_originalThey used a lot of calm and neutral colours, but the designs still look grand and elegant. Also, since this is a wuxia series, the army attire + cinematography promises to be gorgeous. If you don’t know already, one of the primary reasons why I watch Historical dramas is to feast my eyes on lovely traditional attires and scenery.😊😊

Tencent has not announced an official release date for this series, but it will premiere this year.

That’s my quick take on The Long Ballad (CHANGGE XING) for now. Does anyone plan to watch this drama?

 

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 6

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is a 2020 NETFLIX original production that stars Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji as leads. img_9631_originalIt tells the story of a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who lives on 1.8 million won ($1,520) a month while caring for his autistic brother and a storybook writer suffering from an antisocial personality disorder. A man who denies love and a woman who doesn’t know love defy fate and fall in love while finding their souls and identities in the process (Source – MyDramaList). All episodes of this drama are available on NETFLIX.

Expectations: This is one of the dramas that I had on my list way back from 2019 when the title was still Psycho, But I’m Okay. At that time, only Kim Soo Hyun was the confirmed cast. I wanted to watch it mainly because of him and the storyline. Once Seo Ye Ji came on board, I was even more thrilled because she is such a great actress. Right from the premiere, I dived into the first six episodes before taking a break to let it wrap up.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The animated intro for episode one gave me spooky, but serene vibes. The animation style is similar to Tim Burton’s animated film – Corpse Bride, and it gave It’s Okay to Not Be Okay a good stand out from other Korean dramas. The second factor that piqued my interest was the intricate filming style. I noticed that they were filming from windows and glass reflections instead of taking direct shots on the actors. I truly fell in love with the editing and visual representations in this drama. Take, for example, in episode one how they showcased Mr. Lee’s string of texts to Gang-Tae in video format. It made the scene way more hilarious to me. I could rave on about the beautiful cinematography of this show because they brought serious A+++++++ game in that department.

Moving on to the plot, I can tell that this is going to be a touching and heartfelt series. I love that within all the intensity, we still get some vibrant comedic scenes. Due to the common mental health theme, I am getting ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ vibes. I hope the writer gives us a befitting happy ending🤞🏼.  So far, all the actors are doing a fantastic job, and this includes the young counterparts and cameo actors. Also, our beautiful leads are showcasing great chemistry.

I love how each episode fuses in Ko Mun-Yeong’s storybooks, and the lessons from each chapter are remarkably profound

  1. The Boy Who Fed on Nightmares 

    “So don’t forget any of it, Remember it all and overcome it. If you don’t overcome it, you’ll always be a kid whose soul never grows.” I can attest that some bad encounters have to be faced head-on before the pain can completely go away. After all, if life stays smooth all the time, how can we learn and grow? However, I still advise everyone to choose their battles carefully.

  2. Zombie Kid Raising a child doesn’t only require providing their basic necessities like food, clothing or shelter. Being emotionally present is equally important. Shower your children with love because, in the end, that’s what stays with them forever. I cried when they read out this storybook. Not because it relates to my own personal experience but out of empathy towards children that don’t have anyone showing them real love.

Now let’s look into a few characters that stood out to me throughout these six episodes.

Seo Ye Ji as Ko Mun-yeong 

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Can we just talk about Seo Ye-Ji’s beautiful shallow voice? I love her deep tone. Also, every outfit for Ko Mun-Yeong is a statement. She looks gorgeous in every scene. Mun-Yeong is wild, and she slightly reminds me of Jang Man-wol from Hotel del Luna. I adore her fierce and straightforward personality. Though, I believe she’s unstable and quite manipulative. Mun-Yeong acts all tough, but she is scared. Basically, everyone in this drama has their demons, but Mun-Yeong handles hers well and hardly cares what others have to say. I can’t wait for the show to reveal more about her parents. Her mother was definitely the chief psycho of the family, or why else did she restrict and isolate younger Mun-Yeong that much. At least now that Sang-tae and Gang-tae are living with her, Mun-Yeong will get a better feeling of what family means. Here are some of my favourite moments from this character –

 

Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Gang-Taeimg_9571_originalIt’s sad that Moon Gang-Tae was born as a backup to care for his autistic brother 24/7. He can’t express real emotions because Sang-Tae reads his facial expression. Gang-Tae has to smile and pretend to be happy or satisfied all the time. How could their mom place such responsibility on a little child? At least now, Mun-Yeong is present to question his cowardly and pretentious lifestyle. Usually, I find the childhood connections to be unnecessary, but I like how it’s playing out in this drama. The writer introduced it from the first episode with substantial purpose, and now it doesn’t feel like a cliche used to connect the main leads.

 

Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang-Taeimg_9569_originalHe is a phenomenal actor. Major kudos to him for playing an autistic character flawlessly👏👏👏👏👏👏.  Sang-Tae is a very loving and pure person. He stole my heart when he told Gang-Tae about saving money to buy a van. That way, they wouldn’t have to search for a new house all the time. I am intrigued to discover what the butterflies signify for him. I think it has a connection to their mother’s death and might have something to do with Ko Mun-Yeong. I hope the hospital director helps him face his fears.

 

Park Kyu Young as Nam Ju ri img_9576_originalI still don’t know how to feel about Nam Ju-ri. Aside from the fact that she also likes Gang-Tae, she just seems off and weird to me. Hopefully, as the story progresses, I might come to appreciate her role more. Honestly, I need to see some backstory that explains her personal issues with Mun-Yeong. All the same, her crying scene in episode five was quite cute and funny to me.


Overall, I am enjoying the current pace and story progression. I already know this will be an iconic drama that I can always return to. Plus, the OSTs are beautiful. Luckily for me, I can find the soundtrack album on Spotify since the series has finished airing. My favourites right now are “Hallelujah” by Kim Feel –

“In Your Time” by LEE SUHYUN –

& “In Silence” by Janet Suhh –

If you’ve started or already completed this drama, what are your thoughts on it?

Nothing But Thirty: Drama Review – Episodes 1 – 20

Nothing But Thirty is a 2020 female-centred Chinese drama that stars Maggie Jiang, Tong Yao and Rachel Mao as leads.img_0851Synopsis: This drama follows three vastly different women as they experience a turbulent start to their thirties.

Gu Jia is a full-time housewife with strong abilities. She manages her small family and husband’s company in an orderly manner. However, it is this excessive pursuit of perfection that makes people around her feel stressed. At the same time, her happy marital life gets disrupted by a third party.

Wang Man Ni is a rebel, convinced that she has both the face and brain that deserves the best in life. However, she also has her own troubles.

Zhong Xiao Qin lives a carefree and standard life. Her husband is committed to his work as a public servant, and she keeps an ordinary job herself. However, due to her husband’s relatively indifferent personality, communication problems arise. (Source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I saw the trailer on YouTube earlier this year. I loved the premise, so I decided to give it a go. Plus, the female-centred plot is always something I enjoy.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The first episode for this drama was definitely well thought out. I loved how they presented each lady by showing us a glimpse of their daily life and family dynamics. Another thing I enjoyed was the intro. It’s classy, elegant and free of spoilers. The moment I heard the soundtrack, I knew this drama was going to serve. I appreciate that Chinese shows are switching towards creative and artistic intros that don’t completely give away the plot. Nothing But Thirty has one of the most beautiful intros I have seen a while – 

Basically, this drama focuses on the struggles of adulthood. The decisions you have to make and the lesson you adapt after every mistake. It’s an excellent slice of life series that shows how women hitting their thirties battle with society’s standard versus their own personal beliefs. It also shows how these three ladies gradually learn about who they are and grow into better individuals. They have to face their weaknesses, fears and insecurities in regards to their families and career.

I think the story progression and pacing so far is excellent. Every actor is doing an incredible job of bringing their characters to life. Their interactions are very natural, and the cinematography is breathtaking. I can tell they put good money, time and effort into the production phase. I enjoyed watching how the writers brought Gu Jia, Zhong Xiao Qin and Wang Man Ni together. Gu Jia and  Xiao Qin were already friends, so I loved how the connection slowly formed with Man Ni until all three eventually met. To further breakdown my thoughts on episodes one to twenty, let’s take a look at each lady’s story arc.

Character Analysis: 

Maggie Jiang, as Wang Man Ni img_1629_originalMan Ni, has lived and worked in Shanghai for eight years. She is an ambitious lady with high standards. I love her go-getter personality and how she stands up for herself at work, but I also feel she gets too money-hungry sometimes. Take, for example, the older lady that came in to buy the costly jewelry in episode three. Of course, I didn’t want Man Ni to lose her opportunity at such a huge sale, but I was expecting her to at least say a few words of comfort to the lady. I could tell that she struggled to shut down her conscience and make the sale, hence why there will be a lot of growth for this character. Concerning her boyfriend, Liang Zheng Xian,

I find him very sketchy. He’s either married or keeping different women in every city he visits. My trust level degraded further after he talked about not labelling their relationship. Also, Man Ni’s intuition tells her that there’s something wrong, and she’s also settling for his ideals. I know she isn’t staying for the money because she keeps her standard on what to collect from Zheng Xian. I just fear she’ll be heartbroken in the end because she really loves him.

Tong Yao, as Gu Jiaimg_1630_originalGu Jia, strikes me as the strongest of the group due to her brilliance and resourcefulness. A bit too ambitious and rarely content with her family’s financial standing, but Gu Jia strives to provide stability for them out of fear. She has a feisty personality. Even when pleasing others to garner favours, Gu Jia never lets anyone look down on her. As a lady of high moral conduct, she’s able to make changes once she realizes her mistakes. I hope that Gu Jia gradually develops into a more content character.

Regarding her husband, I sincerely admire her chemistry with him, hence why I dread the infidelity aspect of their story. He has undoubtedly bottled up a lot due to how Gu Jia runs their household, but that should be communicated instead of going out to cheat. My favourite scene of Gu Jia is when she beats up those moms that bullied Zi Yan –

Rachel Mao, as Zhong Xiao Qin img_1631_originalShe is the weakest link among the three ladies, so I am intrigued to see her growth. Xiao Qin is a pushover and can’t seem to make crucial decisions on her own. Her husband does not help matters because he is a bit controlling and looks down on her intelligence.

Yes, Xiao Qin needs to become more mature, but Chen Yu is also a frustrating character. The major problem with this couple is communication. Chen Yu has personal traumas that lead to insecurities and emotional detachments issues. If he discussed things with Xiao Qin, she would be more understanding of his intentions. I was so baffled when he suggested they abort the child, knowing deep down that Xiao Qin wanted to keep the baby. It is not as if she intentionally tried to get pregnant. To make matters worse instead of comforting her when she lost the baby, he immediately goes off about arranging the uterus cleaning surgery. Of course, the operation is essential, but your wife is sad. Why can’t you be emotionally present first and then bring in logic once she settles down?

This is why when people ask me what my plans are for marriage, I tell them I am not mentally prepared. It’s not a child’s play because these two are not ready. They love each other, but there’s too much baggage that has to be dismantled individually before forming a union.


Overall, Nothing But Thirty exceeds my expectations. I love seeing female empowerment and support. Although one thing I’m yet to understand is the purpose of that family at the end of each episode. I noticed that they are always happy and content, regardless of how little they have. So are they a creative way of showing that simplicity and hard work can be rewarding? I’m not too worried about them. As the story progresses, I will gradually realize why that family was included.

Now that I have discussed everything about the story, I have to give credit to the music director of this series. Every single soundtrack and background score is astounding and perfectly fitted for each scene. I adore the comforting and chill vibe of the OSTs. I know the hardcore emotional scenes are going to be tough to watch without tearing up because I can already picture the type of songs they’re going to use. Luckily for me, I was able to find the full soundtrack album on Spotify after much search –

Before I conclude, here is another favourite scene of mine. I titled it ‘A Mother’s Love’ because it accurately describes what becoming a mother means for most women and how much they give up to for their families.


That’s all I have for this post. I know it’s a bit lengthy, but I had to get all my opinions on this beautiful series out of my system.

All episodes of this drama are available on Viki with this link 👉🏼 Nothing But Thirty with English subs.

For those who have started this series, what are your thoughts on the story?

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 7 – 9

I finally got through episodes seven to nine, so here are my thoughts on the current story progression. If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

All English subbed episodes of this drama are uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Episode seven honestly felt like a filler to me. Not much happened, and some scenes were drawn out longer than necessary. Basically, Chuchu found out about Zheng Xiao En’s living arrangement, and that caused Situ Aoran to transfer her back to the office.

Now from episode eight, I could smell the love triangle intensifying between Situ Aoran and Qing Feng. Aoran is becoming more aware of Zheng Xiao En. Although he is still skeptical of her real intentions, I noticed how he looks for every little opportunity to keep in contact with Zheng Xiao En. He also seems to be getting some of He Tian Xing’s memories. On the other hand, Qing Feng has gotten much closer to Zheng Xian En, and I will admit that they are cute together. Anyone watching can’t deny the sizzling chemistry between Qing Feng and Zheng Xiao En. However, I warn you all not to get attached or develop the ‘second lead syndrome’ because it will end in heartbreak. My favourite scene from them was the maid themed restaurant –

Another thing, am I the only that feels Qing Feng is starting to realize that their world is fake. Especially when Situ Aoran described Chuchu with the exact words he used when Xiao En asked why he liked Chuchu. Also, what if Qing Feng is the author of the novel, and he burns whenever he hugs Xiao En because his character is diverging from its original purpose. His role is quite intriguing.

Currently, I am looking forward to how the writer ties both worlds together. First off, Situ Aoran has started gaining He Tian Xing’s memory. Secondly, He Tian Jian now has a counterpart in the novel’s world. I can’t believe he hesitated to save Tian Xing before he fell. Uncle Hu is really turning the siblings against each other, and He Mingli is started to lose her last brain cells. Thirdly, we are yet to find out how the travel and return between both worlds work. Xiao En tried getting a cold, but Qing Feng saved her, so we have no idea if it would have worked. These three points show that there are still a lot of things to unravel, and I am excited to see how it all goes down.

To round up, let’s touch on He Mingli. The writer has started giving her character more depth by showing us why He Mingli has no regard for anyone in her family. They all looked down on her, and I bet no one ever encouraged her business ventures. I feel they all just watched her fail every single time instead of advising or trying to help her. According to her mom, Mingli is a woman and, therefore, not eligible for the family’s inheritance. Now, this depth does not excuse her evil personality, but I love it when the villain has a reasonable back story to their current actions. Also, He Mingli is finally using her brain by keeping Tian Xing alive to secure her position.

Okay, that’s all I have to say concerning episodes seven to nine, what do you all think of the current pace? Let me know in the comment section.

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi is an ongoing Japanese drama that stars Ishihara Satomi as the lead. It started airing on July 16th and will run for eleven episodes. This show is adapted from a manga series written by Mamare Arai, which is also titled Unsung Cinderella. 

Synopsis: Aoi Midori has been working as a pharmacist at Tatsuya General Hospital for 8 years. She believes that pharmacists need to know about the patient’s daily life to ensure the proper medication is prescribed to them. She faces a lot of criticism, especially from the doctors, but she stays true to her beliefs and continues to help the patients. (Source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I have been looking forward to this drama for a while, mainly because of Ishihara Satomi. Its premiere date was also postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus. So I had to rush in once a good number of episodes were released. Plus, this is my first time seeing a medical drama that focuses on pharmacists, hence why I was intrigued.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:  

The premise of this show is promising. I absolutely adore watching medical dramas because I get to learn new things all the time. I think they did an okay job with the execution of this drama, but I will admit that some aspects are quite unrealistic. I honestly do not need any pharmaceutical knowledge to tell that most scenes in this drama are over-exaggerated or out of line for a pharmacist. If I was a medical professional, it would be quite hard not to nitpick on every wrong detail, but since I’m not, I have been dwelling more on the overall sentiment of the show.

Before watching this series, I had the assumption that nurses were the ones who dealt with all medication-related matters. Although I don’t think pharmacists get invested as Aoi Midori, it has been educative to see the roles they play behind the scenes. Like assisting the doctors during emergencies and instructing patients on how to take each medicine. They are indeed part of the unsung heroes in hospitals. This is what I genuinely appreciate about Japanese dramas. They have a unique and raw way of providing viewers with very heartwarming stories. Therefore even though I do not agree with how Aoi Midori tastes new medicines or her attachment with every patient, I do acknowledge and value the emotional aspects of each patient’s story. Since this is based on a manga, a lot of cliches and exaggerations are expected.

From episode one to three, I appreciate how the writer used Hakura Ryunosuke as the layman information giver. This character was used to break down the medical terms to ensure viewers’ understanding. I also love how they tackled the difference between Aoi and her senior Kariya. These two proved that people in the workplace can have different valid opinions or personal approach but still work well together as partners. Kariya Naoko is practical and strict with separating the job from her emotions. She still cares for her patients but doesn’t go the extra mile like Aoi Midori. Aoi, on the other hand, familiarizes with each patient to be the best pharmacist for them. Both have their ways that work, respectively. Basically, they ‘agree to disagree.’ Another great touch of this drama is how we get to see each patient’s possible future after leaving the hospital. I think that aspect is remarkably exciting and beautiful.

Now here are a few lessons I got from Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi

  • Be careful with the amount of unprescribed medication that you take, and this includes off counter vitamins. Once you notice something odd, talk to a professional.
  • A lot of individuals depend on daily medications or regular medical procedures to survive. So every day you wake up, be grateful because you can do a lot of things generally without any assistance.

To round up, here is one of my favourite scenes –

The way they all kept working and even clapped with their feet. Plus, the pure distress on Aihara Kurumi’s face was funny to see.

If you’ve started watching Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi, what do you think of the story so far? Let me know in the comment section.

This drama can be found on sites like Dramanice or Kissasian.

 

Intense Love: Drama Review

Intense Love is a 2020 Chinese drama that stars Zhang Yuxi and Ding Yuxi as leads. img_5139_originalSynopsis: Actress Su Jin Bei and the genius doctor, Zhou Shi Yun, were betrothed to each other from a young age. Now, as adults, they both refuse the idea of an arranged marriage. Yet fate has other plans for them as they meet coincidentally and begin to fall in love.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Intense Love is a sweet romance story. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it, including the cheesy aspects. I really appreciate what Chinese dramas have been doing recently with their modern romance stories. They show more natural skinship and conversations, so the couples seem very real, unlike Korean shows. No shade, it’s just an observation. The main couple in Intense Love had fantastic chemistry right off the bat, and I personally think this is one of Zhang Yuxi’s best pairing. img_2105Su Jin Bei and Zhou Shi Yun were adorable and quite mature together because they never dragged out their misunderstandings. I also love that there wasn’t much emphasis on love triangles. Both leads were sure of what they wanted and stayed focused until the end. While watching, I couldn’t get over how beautiful Jin Bei and Shi Yun were together. Honestly, both actors are remarkably good looking. The only part of their story that threw me off was Jin Bei’s supposed pregnancy in the last episode. I don’t remember when they showed or implied that this couple had sex, so the pregnancy troupe was totally out of place for me. Was I the only one confused, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comment section.

The side couples were also great together. Although I didn’t care much for Zhou Su Ying and Xu Jia Wei’s relationship because of how both characters started out. img_2102We all have to admit that Su Ying was pretty disrespectful at first with all her schemes to break up her brother and Jin Bei. Of course, she got better, but by then, I was no longer invested in her story. Nevertheless, I was still happy that she matured and got a happy ending. Now in Jia Wei’s case, I didn’t appreciate how he kept telling Shi Yun that he was the better partner for Jin Bei because of their similar careers. I also did not understand why he went ahead to prepare the big confession event while unsure of Jin Bei’s feelings. At least have a small talk with her before going all out. He was definitely a pleasant supporting character, but his earlier actions did not rub off well on me.

Moving on to Xiao Yuan Song and Wu Di –img_2103As much I love these two together, their arc and story development did not have me intrigued in them 100%. All the same, they were fun together and balanced out each other’s personalities flawlessly. I love that this drama showcased very assertive ladies with both Wu Di and Su Jin Bei. Both women were willing to take the first steps for certain things in their relationships.

Character Analysis:

I only want to touch on three roles, starting off with Gao Zi Tongimg_2128

  • Her anger and bitterness were utterly misplaced. I just couldn’t comprehend her hatred for Xu Jin Bei because she was well aware that Jin Bei only considered Jia Wei as a colleague. While watching, I gave her a lot of chances to improve, but she always disappointed. Now once she went further to attack Jin Bei’s and Shi Yun’s relationship, I was done and dusted with this character. I’m relieved she changed and moved on at the end, but I wouldn’t want to cross paths with such a person in real life.

Zhou Shi Yun – img_5605_original

  • He started out quite cold and couldn’t care less about BeiBei, or at least that is what he wanted everyone to believe. As the story progresses, he becomes more accepting of Jin Bei. I enjoyed how he played along with BeiBei’s dramatic antics even though he knew she was faking most of the time. This shows Shi Yun’s supportive and understanding personality. While watching, the only flaw I could pick on was that Shi Yun seemed too perfect. Though, before the show wrapped, we saw that he could also do some wrongs when he doubted Jin Bei’s ability to get a role through her own hard work. In the end, he apologized, and we got our happy ending.

Last is my favourite character, Su Jin Beiimg_2111

  • She is very innocent, kind, understanding and quite naive to negative people around her. However, that does not make her weak because she isn’t easily bullied. I absolutely enjoyed her dramatic personality. Whenever she had those weird inner monologues or all the numerous times she tried to seduce Shi Yun, I stayed laughing. How can someone be that cute?😂 Especially when she started calling Shi Yun – Zhou baby(honey)😂😂😂. Another thing I loved about this character is that she acknowledged her flaws and did her best to work on them.

To round up, here is a compilation of my favourite moments from this drama –

Also, my favourite ost from this show is “When Love Comes” by Li Ruo Xi

With all that said, my rating for Intense Love is 9/10. It was a beautiful story from start to finish, but I still think they could have done a better job with the side couples. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼 Intense Love on YouTube.

If you have seen this drama, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

Yes!!! I got the pleasure of watching three episodes in a row by waiting. Honestly, I wish it wasn’t just one episode per week, but who am I to complain? Now let’s discuss the story progression so far.

If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

All English subbed episodes are uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I am officially inside the rabbit hole of this drama. They got me with their comedic timing and witty/sarcastic dialogues. My favourite character from episode four to six is definitely Zheng Xiao En. She might not be the brightest or most practical person in the room, but I admire her extra and straightforward personality. I literally laughed to tears when she told Qing Feng that unless he wanted to be her sugar daddy, she didn’t want to hear anything from him😂. That line was a whole mood😂🤣🤣😂. Plus, do not even get me started on Zheng Xiao En’s wild imaginations. This woman creates different versions of melodramas in her mind, and I stay dying😅😅😅. I seriously did not expect her character to grow on me this much. How can someone be so shameless and talk nonsense to the point that they make you feel like their right? Take the scene when she was caught peeking at Situ Aoran in the shower. At first, I was firm that no matter what she was wrong but her arguments took the situation too left and Sito Aoran’s reaction did not help me at all😂🤣🤣😅😂🤣 –

Now there was also a character that tired me out during these recent episodes, and that is Chuchu. I was kind of intrigued to discover that her name is also Chuchu in the real world, and her role in the novel was starting to balance out. Then came the constant damsel in distress situations and crying again, which was seriously unbearing to watch. I kept on asking myself why Situ Aoran and Qing Feng like her because, at this point, we just need to give her a permanent wheelchair to prevent more accidents. And what even pinches me more is how Situ Aoran blames all her mishaps on Zheng Xiao En, while, in reality, Chuchu is a walking time bomb.

Anyways moving on, let’s touch on the potential love lines. Starting off with Zheng Xiao En & Qing Feng – As of now, the chemistry between these two is more evident in comparison to the Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran’s ship. They are very casual and relaxed with each other. By episode six, I noticed that Qing Feng had started developing romantic feelings for her. I also have a theory that he might even be somehow connected to them in the real world. Although I love the bond between these two, I am still currently invested in Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran because I want to see Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing connect in the real world.

Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran – It was a great idea to have both of them live in the same house because we are now getting more interactions, and they are slowing building chemistry together. I love their bickerings because they never give the replies or do the things that the other expects. The same change of feelings also applies to Situ Aoran by episode six. He now enjoys taunting her and also leans on her for strength.

To close things, let’s touch on the happenings of the real world. Now you all know I do not support He Mingli’s ways, but the statement her mother made about protecting the company for He Tian Jian to take over as the rightful owner was utterly messed up. Why does she have to do all the dirty work and give him the fruits just because he is the son? The mother definitely failed both her kids in most aspects. I can’t believe her words actually made me feel slightly bad for He Mingli, but at least now I know why she turned out so vile.

In conclusion, Lost Romance has been showing more potential with each new episode. I love the comedic aspect of things, and the characters are developing nicely so far. I am also looking forward to finding out more concerning Uncle Hu’s schemes. The man acts like a snake in sheep clothing, and I don’t like the uncertainty of his actions.

What do you all think of this drama’s current pace and story? Let me know in the comment section.

 

 

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

Alright, it is time to discuss the third episode of Lost Romance. My previous episode review is available with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The filming technique and scene transitions got slightly better in this episode. We also got more interactions between Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing’s characters in the novel’s world, which in turn led to some noticeable development in their relationship. I also enjoyed Zheng Xiao En’s rescue scene because it allowed Vivian Sung to showcase actual, emotionally driven acting. That short moment proved that she was capable of more than the animated acting style. Furthermore, it gave me hope for the future of this drama. Hence why I’m excited to get more interactions from our leads as the story progresses.

Another good thing about this episode is that we finally got some insight into Zheng Xiao En’s fondness for He Tian Xing. He was someone who gave her strength and comfort whenever she felt down or frustrated. His words encouraged her to continue working hard, and that’s how her “obsession” over him began. The quote that He Tian Xing gave was beautiful – “In a storm, you have to be like an adult. In beautiful weather, you have to be like a child.”

Now in my previous review, I mentioned that the supposed novel’s female lead is way too cringy for me, and I still stand by that. However, I now find Chuchu’s antics hilarious because how can one human being trip at every given opportunity. Honestly, Chuchu is a sweet girl, but she needs to work on her stamina and also learn some essential body balance. No wonder Zheng Xiao En stays paranoid about keeping her away from danger.😂😂😂

Moving on to our villain, He Mingli. I finally see who she got her twisted personality from. The mother is a more reserved version of her. The way she talking to He Mingli’s father in the hospital was quite creepy to me. Also, I still stand by my statement that He Mingli’s methods will become her downfall. Just because you feel threatened, you want to get rid of all He Tian Xing’s potential supporters? I personally think that removing too many people at once will cause her to lose very essential supporters for her family’s business in the long run.

Overall, since the story has started moving somewhere, I am going to continue watching. If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

If you haven’t read my review for episode one, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

In this episode, certain things didn’t sit well with me, but I tried not to over-analyze them since this is a fantasy series. For example, how was He Tian Xing able to grab Zheng Xiao En’s hand while in a coma? Also, I think Zheng Xiao En should have posted the video anonymously or reported the incident anonymously. I get that she’s scared, but how do you see something so horrid and know that they are trying to cover it up but still say nothing? Her decision made me question this character’s moral grounds, but I guess the writer wanted to use her guilt to lead us into the novel’s world. Therefore I rest my case.

Now in concerns to He Mingli, I think we’ve all confirmed at this point that she is a pure psycho. Previously I thought the uncle was just trying to keep eyes on her, but after this episode, I fear he has his own private agenda. He probably voted for He Mingli because she is not too knowledgable about the business, and that way, he can easily take over.

Moving on to the novel’s world. It was quite funny when Zheng Xiao En realized that she wasn’t the main lead but actually one of the mean side characters. In my opinion, the actual female lead is cringy. Her overly innocent and clumsy personality is kind of off. Plus, the fact that He Tian Xing was about to date her in the real world was even more surprising. Now, if his brother He Tian Jian falls in love with the lead in the real world, will that cause a problem between both boys in the future? I don’t think the writer will take that route, but we will see. I also noticed that the writer used the novel’s world to call out a lot of cliches in romance novels and dramas. Starting from the random screams for handsome men to the wall pin from the lead guy to the clumsy female lead that regularly trips, and somehow a man is always ready to catch her. These are the traditional Asian romance troupes, and in this novel’s world, we get to see how cringy and unrealistic they are.

For now, I currently do not have any strong emotions towards this drama. I am not in love with it yet, neither do I dislike it. I’m still watching because the upcoming episode looks promising. However, I am more than ready for the story to pick up and take me to the point that completely captures my attention.

If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

Iron Ladies: Drama Review

I recently rewatched this drama, and I decided to use the opportunity to write a review. Iron Ladies is a 2018 Taiwanese series that stars Aviis Zhong and Ben Wu as leads.

Synopsis: Zhou Kai Ting is the youngest vice president of sales for the online shopping mall, Ai U Web. She turns to Su Can, a café barista, to resolve a work crisis and helps him discover a talent he didn’t know he had. Ma Li Sha, Ai U Web’s General Manager, has raised an 18-year-old son on her own and is jaded by love. On the other hand, Wang Qing Qing has always had everything in life go her way. Can the three women deal with their respective relationship woes, marriage issues and family problems as well as they do their jobs? (source – Viki)

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Even from my first time watching this drama, it gave off a similar vibe to the Korean series – I Need Romance. I love such stories, hence why I was excited to give it a shot when it first released. One thing I genuinely enjoyed about Iron Ladies was the chemistry between all the main characters, both friends and couples. I will say that showcases excellent acting. This drama also gave me a strong and intelligent female lead. There were times when Zhou Kai Ting made mistakes, but overall, she was a very rationale and understanding lady. I appreciate shows that portray assertive women because a girl needs such a confidence boost once in a while. I also love the soundtrack for this series. My two favourite OSTs are “Unachievable Future” by Ben Wu – and “Almost” by Shi Shi –

Iron Ladies is a good drama, but the story development and pacing did lose some of its appeal towards the end. The ending also felt rushed. To explain more, let me discuss the three main arcs of this series in detail. Starting with the main couple:

– Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting

Right off the bat, their chemistry was solid. I could also tell that Kai Ting and her fiance were not going to end well. The eight-years relationship had lost all flavour, and he went ahead to cheat. For me, that closed the chapter because it’s challenging to build the same level of trust again. Plus, Kai Ting’s heart was now longing for someone else. An important message this drama brought to the table was that marriage should not be a do or die affair. Everyone has the right to be happy and not merely settle for the bare minimum. Consequently, cheating leads the betrayed partner to question their self-worth, which is sad and frustrating. One of my favourite scenes in this drama was when Kai Ting and Qing Qing discussed the effect their partner’s infidelity had on them – 

Moving back to Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting. All round, they were a good pair, but their main issue was financial inequality. Thankfully they were usually direct with each other and never dragged out arguments or misunderstandings. Another thing that disturbed their relationship was how they both lied by omission to protect each other, but all the same, I loved seeing them together. Yes, the ending felt a bit rushed, but the happy ending made me feel okay.

– Ma Li Sha and David

These two were a case study in their own right. At first, their interactions were funny, but their arc development towards the end was such a cliche. I fully believed in the agenda that she was scared of committing to a serious relationship and that her son was scared of losing his mom to someone else. However, what I couldn’t swim along with was when Ma Li Sha starting using childish tactics to keep David away. And to top it off, they decided to use the cliche near-to-death accident to make her realize her love for David. They were still fun together, but I did not enjoy how their story was handled.

– Wang Qing Qing’s Marriage

This was an intriguing arc to sit through. I felt rage, sadness and a whole lot of emotions whenever Qing Qing’s story came up. Her relationship was pure toxicity, and it led her to anxiety and panic attacks. I found her husband to be very disrespectful and pathetic. Excuse my choice of words, but I need to be this raw for you all to get how pained I was for this lady. Take away from the emotional pain, Qing Qing also had to condone mental abuse. After seeing all she went through, I could understand why she continued to sell herself short or believed that things could become better if she pleased her husband. However, where she lost me was when she took a break, came back strong and still fell for the husband’s tears to stay and fix their marriage. Like seriously? This man is a chronic cheater. You’re fully aware that he doesn’t care for you. What are you still holding on to? Thankfully through the grace of whatever, she came to her senses by the close of the series.

Overall, I still enjoyed this drama because it got me to look at situations through the lens of different thinkers than myself. It’s honestly not easy when love and the heart come into play because rationality goes missing during such times. Zhou Kai Ting, Ma Li Sha and Wang Qing Qing were women with real and relatable relationship issues. They battled and came out triumphant, so what’s not to love about these three iron ladies.

With all that said, my rating for Iron Ladies is 8/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼Iron Ladies on Viki.

If you have seen Iron Ladies, what do you think of the series?

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

Lost Romance is a 2020 Taiwanese drama that stars Marcus Chang and Vivian Sung. It started airing on June 7th and comes on every Sunday. This drama is set to run for twenty episodes.

Synopsis: Zheng Xiao En works as an editor of romance novels at a publishing company and secretly dreams about falling in love with a CEO. When she isn’t working, she spends her time daydreaming about He Tian Xing, the handsome chief executive of the company that occupies the building opposite her company’s office. One day, Zheng Xiao En magically finds herself transported into the pages of a romance novel – and comes face-to-face with her crush He Tian Xing. However, she soon discovers that in this fictional universe, his name is Si Tu Ao Ran – and his personality is very different. She hopes to use all the tips and tricks she has learned from the romance novels she has edited to help snare his heart. But she soon discovers that in this fictional world, she isn’t the heroic female lead – and instead is an evil side character! Can she flip the story on its head – and end up with the man of her dreams? (Source – Viki)

Expectations: The story is nothing new, but I decided to give this drama a shot because of the main leads. Marcus Chang has done great with most of his shows, while Vivian Sung always gives her best in every project. So why not?

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

Personally, I think this episode started out a bit weird with Vivian Sung’s novel narration, but I got used to it after a few seconds. From what I’ve seen so far, everyone’s acting is kind of okay, but Vivian’s style was too animated. I know her character is meant to be cheerful, but the acting style made it difficult for me to flow with her properly. That aside, I love the look for Marcus’s character. He looks fantastic with the black slicked hair and great fitted suits. In my opinion, the outfits department for each character is well suited.

Moving on to the story aspect, I can’t wait to find out more about He Tian Xing’s family dynamics. Right now, I think he’s either an illegitimate child or from his dad’s previous marriage. I seriously need more clarity on why He Mingli hates him so much. It’s only the first episode, and her character is already vile and crazy. With all the stunts she was pulling, I was more shocked about her eagerness to take over the family business even though her dad was still well and breathing. Like girl, calm down. HE AIN’T DEAD YET😒. Plus, she does not have excellent business skills. I foresee her running the company to bankruptcy. My hope is that their uncle is only pretending to support her just to keep his eyes on the company.

Overall this premiere was alright, but I feel it could have been better. A few scenes in this first episode felt quite lacklustre to me, most notably when He Tian Xing fell from the building. They didn’t do an excellent job with the direction and sequence of that scene. I know they meant not to reveal how exactly he fell down, but this omission left a lot of questions for me. Like how did he fall without pulling Mingli down, and what sort of weird fall was that? I couldn’t take it seriously. They also need to do better with the background scores.

Now one thing, I am really looking forward to is how they will tie together the novel and the real world. I hope that when He Tian Xing regains consciousness, he remembers all the time he spent with Zheng Xiao En.

In conclusion, since I do see potential in the drama, I will continue watching. All English subbed episodes of this show will be updated with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance on Viki.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s Upcoming Netflix Drama

In this post, I’ll be sharing the official posters and stills for Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s upcoming drama – It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.

This drama will focus on the story of a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who lives on 1.8 million won ($1,520) a month and a storybook writer suffering from an antisocial personality disorder. A man who denies love and a woman who doesn’t know love defy fate and fall in love while finding their souls and identities in the process. (Source – MyDramaList)

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, also known as Psycho, But It’s Okay premieres on June 20th. It will run for 16 episodes every Saturday and Sunday. This a tvN drama but also associated with NETFLIX.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

The first posters are very enchanting, and I am more than ready to see these two together on screen. I have a strong feeling that their chemistry will be electrifying – img_7649

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The next posters are more on the adorable side, and I love the mystical background. They even did a cartoon version –img_7802img_7803

Here are some stills – img_8048img_8047img_8046img_8043img_8042

Seo Ye Ji just has this profound grace about her that I admire. She is stunning🥰. Plus, I love her deep voice. Definitely, one of my top Korean actresses because she always delivers the best performance.

On the other hand, It’s been a while since I saw Kim Soo Hyun, hence why I am super excited for this comeback.img_8044img_8045img_8049

An extra poster of Kim Soo Hyun’s character with his brother –img_8134

I have seen the teasers, and I love the vibe. Therefore I have my fingers crossed for this drama to be as exciting and intriguing like the premise promises –

Is anyone else looking forward to this Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s drama?

 

 

 

KINGDOM Season 2: Drama Review

Kingdom is a 2019 Netflix Original Series based on a manhwa called Kingdom Of The Gods by YLAB. After some research, I discovered that there are actually three individuals involved in the creation of the original source material. The idea for the story came from Kim Eun-hee, and she is also the screenwriter for the Netflix adaptation. The illustrator for the manhwa is Yang Kyung-il, and the actual author is Youn In-wan. I know most people might not care for all this information, but I still wanted to provide it. img_3719_originalSynopsis: Kingdom is set in the Joseon period of Korea. It focuses on a zombie plague that has spread mysteriously around the country’s southern provinces. Crown Prince Lee Chang is labelled a traitor by the Haewon Cho clan, which is the family of the current Queen. Due to the political plot against him, he embarks upon a mission to investigate and end the spread of the mysterious undead plague.

Being that I have already seen the first season, which ended with a cliffhanger, I was super excited about watching this continuation. Kingdom promises action and thrill, so I definitely held high hopes for it. If you will like to read my review for season one, use this link 👉🏼 KINGDOM: Drama Review

(Warning –  slight spoilers ahead)

Review:

I watched this drama on Saturday while washing my hair and I must say that it was such a beautiful time for me. As a lady with naturally kinky hair, wash-day can be a bit tiring. However, it felt easy this time around because I genuinely enjoyed every minute of this drama.

Okay, first of all, I will like to applaud the intro for this series. It’s very intricate and oddly captivating. As a whole, the cinematography and editing for this drama were perfectly executed. The opening sequence they did for episode three truly solidified the beauty of this production for me – 

Another notable mention is the beautiful and haunting background scores that complimented each scene so well. Overall the production on season two of Kingdom gets an A+++ from me. I enjoyed the build-up, pacing, story and character development of this season way more than the previous one. Even the fight scenes were perfectly choreographed. I got hyped about each new episode. I also love how they wrapped up and connected the storylines of the main characters. I was able to get more understanding of each person’s actions.

We left off season one with a swam of zombies ready to attack in broad daylight. Right off the bat, it was already intense. I was pumped and ready to see how they would survive the gruesome encounter. Thankfully a good number of them survived, and the story gave some insight into the origin of the plague. Now while I was watching season one, I had my suspicions about a few characters. The first one was the crown prince’s bodyguard – Moon Young, and the other was his teacher – Ahn Hyun. Although I was proven right, their betrayal and mistakes still made me sad because it was not merely a black and white situation. The characters finally showed the depth and complexity that was lacking in the first season. Sure they made mistakes, but eventually, they tried to atone for their wrongs. This is why I stated above that I was able to get a better understanding of each person’s actions. I love that this time around, I could feel the friendship, loyalty and bond between the characters. I actually cried a few times.

Moving on, I have to compliment the actors for such an engaging performance. Every single person brought their best to this production. Even the villains with their very disturbing moral grounds showcased chilling and believable acting. There were a few moments when some people’s actions were annoying. A prime example being the State Minister’s nephew – Jo Bum Pal. His lack of backbone and silence in wrong situations irked my soul, but because I saw slight growth in every episode, I was okay with him. This is why I can conclude that no character felt lacklustre to me. The leading roles made smart and brave decisions that genuinely impressed me. A big round of applause should be awarded to Joo Ji Hoon, who portrayed Crown Prince Lee Chang👏👏👏👏. He did a great job of leading this series. I felt every ounce of his words and actions. One of my top scenes from him was in episode six when they had to fight off zombies in the palace. I think I enjoyed that moment way more than I was supposed to. Here’s the scene – 

I really appreciate the realistic portrayal of the final fight in the palace. They actually showed people getting bitten. Honestly, it would have been a loophole if they all came out untouched after dealing with such a massive number of zombies at once.

Going back to the villains, which are the Queen and her father – Jo Hak Joo. Their actions proved that greed only leads to unfavourable outcomes, and they also confirmed that decisions shouldn’t be based on the greater good or evil just to achieve fast results. Their final moments were monstrous and quite disturbing to me. They gained nothing in the end🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️. Absolutely nothing, but since I don’t want to over spoil, I’m going to end my train of thoughts on their case here. All I can say is that brutality reigned in that family.

Now, after all this praise, here lies the questionable part for me. Why does Netflix need to extend this show? I feel with the way things ended, it could have been a reasonable wrap-up. I don’t even mind the premise that they haven’t found a concrete cure for the plague, because that would leave the next season to focus more on the resurrection plant. However, the whole idea of Jun Ji Hyun’s character creating new zombies out of nowhere seems entirely off to me. I’m scared that they might mess up the proper flow of this series with too many seasons, but we’ll see.

My rating for Kingdom Season 2 is 10/10. I wouldn’t mind rewatching it again because I genuinely enjoyed the story. Plus, all the questions and concerns I had after season one were resolved with this continuation.

To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available on NETFLIX.

If you’ve seen this series, what are your thoughts on the story???