It’s been very long overdue some drama talk. My first plans to do individual posts on dramas I’ve been watching, scrap that. List incoming, if you have never seen a drama in your life. Your about to find out why it’s not good to get stuck in Drama Hell?… because it’s hell…
If your ready to dive into Drama hell, This Post Is For You.
Sometimes wish I didn’t have so many watch interests, Tv shows, anime and now Asian dramas. It’s impossible to watch everything at once, only if you multi-task. Especially with dramas when they hook you so easily. Since last year or before getting into dramas, I’ve not watched a whole lot because for starters. Some series are 20 + episodes, which was a surprise and single episodes can be up to 1 hour long. On top of this so much can happen in an episode, these are the three things got me hooked firstly on dramas.
Hopefully I’ll write a encouraging post my reasons to watch dramas because it’s the best kind of hell to be – then not. All the dramas I’ve watched so far, wanted to share three of my favourites. Maybe it’ll encourage others to give them a go but these dramas reeled me good.
Plus hardly any drama talk has happened on this blog, so I’m making up for that???
The Legend Of The Blue Sea (2016)
How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a noble man from the Joseon Dynasty. But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo, a skilled conman who guides Joon Jae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah, who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world. (Source Viki)
Legend Of The Blue Sea was my first fantasy drama, because soon as reading Mermaid – it had me sold already. It was fascinating learning the inspiration of the story was from historical stories revolving around, a mermaid meeting a fisherman. Apart from part of the story involving mermaids was main male, protagonist played by Lee Min-ho. Whom loved his role as Gu Jun-Pyo from Korean version Boys Over Flowers. Lee did a great job in Boys Over Flowers in me hating his detestable character but coming across this drama. I wanted to see him in a different role setting and in Legend Of The Blue Sea, he was damn good.
Definitely prefer Lee as a scam artist then a pretty school boy, suited him much better. When it comes to dramas, it’s all very new to me actors faces, seeing Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun who plays a mermaid. Her performance as a mermaid experiencing being on land for the first time, it was hysterical throughout watching her. Jun impressed me a lot. At the same time both Lee and Jun chemistry as the main characters, was hilarious. The romance between the main pair is quite adorable but I’ll say about every romance drama I watch, haha. You’ll find great humour in Jun’s performance as a mermaid, she was fantastic. As for the series itself, was so entertaining and great humour, on top of a unfolding plot. This was such a fun drama diving into the fantasy setting involving mermaids but with a modern twist, it all worked.
Oh My Venus (2015)
Kim Yeong Ho is a personal trainer for Hollywood stars. He reluctantly comes back to Korea to face his family after a scandal with an actress. Even though he comes from a wealthy family background, he suffered a devastating injury during his childhood days. Now, he overcomes his problems with living a healthy lifestyle. Kang Joo Eun is a 33-year-old lawyer who was once the beauty of her school, nicknamed “Daegu’s Venus”. Over the years she has become overweight and unhealthy. She gets dumped by her boyfriend of 15 years.
Kang Joo Eun meets Kim Yeong Ho, who agrees to be her personal trainer to help her get healthier. As they work on her physical transformation, they both discover they have feelings for each other. As they grow closer, they heal each other’s emotional wounds and fall in love. (Source: MyDramaList)
Since Netflix in the past two or three months has been adding more dramas. One I tried on a whim was Oh My Venus. I found massive connection with this drama, relating to the main girl Kang Joo. Someone like me has always struggled with loosing weight and doing the exercise. It was like looking at mirror seeing myself in Kang Joo, of the struggles to being a tad more healthier and active. Actress Shin Min-a, her performance as Kang Joo, absolutely loved throughout Kang Joo charismatic personality. It worked well with main guy Kim played by So Ji-sub, just as charismatic as Kang Joo. The adorable chemistry between the two, was perfect. Both main characters having sarcastic natures, presented great humour throughout. They are such a funny pair together.
How Kang and Kim’s relationship progresses in the series was at a good pace, loved seeing one another revealing each others imperfections. Slowly accepting that both were neither perfect and finding comfort in each other from this perspective. In the beginning with Kang and Kim, it’s all about judging a book by it’s cover. Discovering underneath one another, remarkable traits about them that astound each other. It was my first time seeing a drama with these actors but there on my look out radar. Their performances in their characters made for such a funny, romance watch. Highly recommend this one, if enjoy good romance and comedy.
Hana Yori Dango (2005)
21 Episodes Including film
Makino Tsukushi is the only poor student at Eitoku Gakuen, the school of the ridiculously rich and privileged that is ruled by Flower 4 or F4, a group of four boys who come from extremely powerful families: Domyoji Tsukasa, the leader and heir of the Domyoji World Finance Group; Hanazawa Rui, the introverted son of a large company; Nishikado Sojiro, a player who is the heir of a tea ceremony school; and Mimasaka Akira, a madam killer with ties to the underground. If a student gets on the F4’s bad side, he/she gets a red notice and is bullied and driven out of school.
Makino hopes to pass her days quietly – without drawing any attention to herself – but one day, she stands up to Domyoji in defense of her friend. The next day, Makino gets the dreaded red notice. Even though she is harassed, Makino decides to keep going to school because she is a “tough weed”. She declares war right back on the F4. Her resolve gets the attention of her crush Hanazawa Rui and oddly enough, rouses romantic feelings in her worst enemy, Domyoji Tsukasa.
The series is based on the Japanese shoujo manga “Hana Yori Dango” by Kamio Yoko. (Source: MyDramaList)
To date there are 4 or 5 adaptations from the manga series Boys Over Flowers. The story is not a cute fluffy, romance. The main girl in the adaptations goes through a lot of hardship and main guy is not appealing at all, rotten to the core. I’ve noticed from watching most of the adaptations of this series, there is one thing remains the same. It baffles me, why this story is damn addictive and adaptations keep popping up, right now we have Chinese adaptation Meteor Garden over on Netflix. I’m on the same page as you of not understanding why this series has been so successful, probably because it’s great shoujo trash.
Out of all the adaptations the Japanese version Hana Yori Dango is my favourite. Why is this adaptation my favourite? Because it had the best representation of the main cast of characters. Makino main girl, surprised me in the first episode as someone you don’t want to mess with with, very fearless. Boy Over Flowers main girl I remember was just as good in representation but Makino wins for me. F4 boys were portrayed well as these prissy, rich group whom you think at the beginning your going to hate. Which you will but when the series dives into characters such as main male Domyoji. Detestable at first but exploring his lonely backstory, it gripped me – going from hate to loving. The acting was so strong in Hana Yori Dango through it’s characters, portraying everyone brilliantly. It was the main reason I loved this adaptation, glad it ended being my third drama I ever watched.
Great character portrayal and comedy balance. This is an excellent starter drama for those who have no idea where to start in the drama game.
I’m trying to make effort of watching more Asians Dramas, I’ve only watched 18, not my fault they are so god dam long, haha. Hope you found something new to give a try!
Please do comment below What asian dramas you are currently watching? I’m looking for recommendations to add to my Drama List. Feel free to recommend me anything,
I’ll see you all in the next post !!